Topic: bad information
More likely the hope is to increase awareness of the risks, and encourage drinkers to limit consumption.
So if some enterprising MD or PhD were to show with a proposal for research designed to prove that drinking has definite health benefits, the industry will throw money at it.
Sometimes powerful business leaders sound like drunk drivers or corner drug dealers. Rationalizing, externalizing, minimizing…
After all, you can’t afford to stop selling it. That’s not how you get promoted. What you need is science that seems to confirm your biases.
The issue isn’t about getting stoned. It’s about whether the product is actually benefiting the customer who purchased it.
We need the knowledge and skill to evaluate claims of effectiveness as medical treatments– for instance, to determine whether the research that supports that claim is solid, or if it’s unreliable.
It’s an illness that at different times seems to respond to everything and nothing. As in ‘everything works for someone, and nothing works for everyone.’
It’s the sort of evidence that convinced authorities to greatly expand access to opioids for chronic pain patients.