2011-11-02

The Trend Continues?

Not long ago, I blogged about a budding temperance movement I have noticed gaining momentum in the mainstream media.

Here's another article to put in the evidence pile. Now, to be clear, I have nothing against a voluntary decision to abstain from alcohol. In fact, I think it's a great idea. The problem I have with this new temperance movement is that it seems to be coming from the state:
That point was driven across Tuesday with the release of a U.S. study suggesting women who consume three to six alcoholic beverages a week face a small increased risk of breast cancer, but it's not enough of a danger to stop drinking. The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association involved105,986 nurses who were tracked for three decades. 
The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) concludes that while studies have shown alcohol has some health benefits, their scope is limited. In effect, the harmful effects of alcohol "on the body as well as on society far outweigh the good."
Maybe I'm imagining it. Anyway, to sum up: personal decisions about alcohol: good; state mandates about alcohol: bad.