The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research have released a major report stating that in one of the largest studies of the causes of cancer, it was found that there is no amount of alcohol or processed meat that is safe for consumption
In the headlines (NYT): Federal Agency Courted Alcohol Industry to Fund Study on Benefits of Moderate Drinking
Wow, just wow... from the New York Times...
"It was going to be a study that could change the American diet, a huge clinical trial that might well deliver all the medical evidence needed to recommend a daily alcoholic drink as part of a healthy lifestyle.
That was how two prominent scientists and a senior federal health official pitched the project during a presentation at the luxurious Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Fla., in 2014. And the audience members who were being asked to help pay for the $100 million study seemed receptive: They were all liquor company executives.
The 10-year government trial is now underway, and Anheuser Busch InBev, Heineken and other alcohol companies are picking up most of the tab, through donations to a private foundation that raises money for the National Institutes of Health.
The N.I.H., a federal agency, is considered one of the world’s foremost medical research centers, investing over $30 billion of taxpayer money in biomedical research each year. The vast majority of the funding goes to scientists outside the N.I.H., which manages the grants and provides oversight.
The alcohol study is overseen by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, one of 27 centers under the N.I.H. The lead investigator and N.I.H. officials have said repeatedly that they never discussed the planning of the study with the industry. But a different picture emerges from emails and travel vouchers obtained by The New York Times under the Freedom of Information Act, as well as from interviews with former federal officials.
The documents and interviews show that the institute waged a vigorous campaign to court the alcohol industry, paying for scientists to travel to meetings with executives, where they gave talks strongly suggesting that the study’s results would endorse moderate drinking as healthy."
Read more: www.nytimes.com/2018/03/17/health/nih-alcohol-study-liquor-industry.html
A recent article by investigative journalist Stephanie Mencimer asks the question, "Did Drinking Give Me Breast Cancer?" Despite the fact that alcohol is a Class 1 Carcinogen we keep hearing that it is good for us.
A study published this month in the journal Addiction finds that alcohol and tobacco pose a greater threat to human health than all illicit drugs.
Link: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/add.14234 and www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/news/20180511/alcohol-tobacco-more-harmful-than-illegal-drugs
About this blog
I am an advanced practice social worker (CAPSW) living in Madison, Wisconsin. I created this blog to raise awareness about drinking culture, alcohol outlet density, alcohol policy, alcohol dependence and risks.