It’s true! Recent scientific research, some of it funded by our government, is on the path to finding that drinking alcohol is actually quite healthy!
Hmmm. Maybe we should take a second look at this latest research into the health benefits of alcohol….
Alcohol Companies Are Funding Research to Convince You Drinking Is Healthy
April 14. Huffington Post — Officials at the government agency tasked with studying the health effects of alcohol aggressively courted alcohol executives to fund a $100 million clinical trial on “moderate drinking,” according to recently published investigations by The New York Times, Wired and Stat.
The executives complied, according to the Times, with the understanding that this research would probably conclude alcohol is safe and lowers the risk of disease.
Together, these reports paint a disturbing picture about the way alcohol companies are trying to influence scientific understanding, and thus public perception, of alcohol as a health tonic…
Alcohol executives were allowed to help pick the scientists and preview the trial’s design, reports the Times, while Wired reported on how dependent the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is on industry funding to complete the expensive, long-term study. Finally, Stat has a story about how scientists who published unflattering research about the alcohol industry were verbally abused by NIAAA officials and cut off from funding.
I seem to recall that “scientific research” (funded by the tobacco industry with government support) has already concluded that smoking cigarettes was not addictive. It’s certainly heart-warming to know that science, government and industry is so reliable and concerned with our well-being….
(Thanks to Joe.)
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