It’s really easy to sell people on shit they inherently want to believe, which is why everyone hates my guts on the internets. Not my forte. When I think about it though, I’ve seen these minor studies getting deafening hype ever since I was a kid. See, ha ha, I’m drinking for my health sweetie. They’ve always been manipulative as shit because if you look a the fine print it’s all, well, anything more than like one drink a day is actually fucking terrible for you. But it turns out most of this fun wish fulfillment “science” is essentially paid for by the professional booze merchants in the first place. And no one was even remotely surprised. I want to believe though. I really want to believe. (from the Shittington Toast. Fake as fuck y’all):
“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.
If you’ve ever seen headlines about how red wine is good for your heart, or how moderate alcohol use is linked to longer life, you’ve seen the alcohol industry’s influence on health science at work. And Americans seem to be swallowing that message. A 2015 Gallup poll found that 1 in 5 Americans believe “moderate” drinking is good for health, and that this was especially true among those who drink alcohol.
This belief is a boon for the alcohol industry for at least two reasons: It links alcohol consumption to a healthy lifestyle that can improve heart health, and it relies on the concept of “moderation,” a squishy term that in practice ends up meaning whatever drinkers want it to mean.”
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