The release of the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction's low risk alcohol guidelines happen to correspond with the second reading of Senator Patrick Brazeau's Bill S-254 "An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (warning label on alcoholic beverages)." Well "happen" makes it sound like a coincidence, but it seems like this… Continue reading Distortions: A moderate perspective on an immoderate proposal
Month: January 2023
Distortions: Always check the fine print
You know that when you are about to sign a contract, standard advice is "read the fine print." It's to your own benefit. You're about to sign something (*a job contract, lease, rental agreement, etc) that affects your behaviour or life, and without understanding what you're getting yourself into, you could be in trouble. The… Continue reading Distortions: Always check the fine print
Distortions: An infographic to sow skepticism
This has been a busy week on the booze limits front. I have been doing a lot of media, responding to a lot of email, (writing a lot of blog posts) and fielding a lot of requests for meetings. I also have a day job teaching students and doing research that isn't about drinking limits.… Continue reading Distortions: An infographic to sow skepticism
Distortions: Social connection and health
When the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) released its so called Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidance for public consultation in August, I was irritated. I had seen this sort of temperance rhetoric before and to no good end, despite the good intentions of the advocates. I wrote about this a few days back.… Continue reading Distortions: Social connection and health
Distortions: About drinking, pregnancy, and the power of rhetoric.
One of the generally accepted assumptions about drinking is that women who are pregnant should not do it at all. "No amount is safe" is the mantra. That was thrown at me by CBC's Matt Galloway (an otherwise well-informed, critical interviewer) when I mentioned drinking and pregnancy and the stigma women face in the event… Continue reading Distortions: About drinking, pregnancy, and the power of rhetoric.
Distortions: Give up it’s all over you’ve already drunk too much loser
Probably one of the most powerful statements I've received from people who have written me to thank my for my perspective on the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction low risk guidance on alcohol have come from people for whom these guidelines (and the dire though problematic statement that more than 7 drinks "radically"… Continue reading Distortions: Give up it’s all over you’ve already drunk too much loser
Distortions: Am I really going to get tuberculosis from drinking?
No. Ok, let's be scholarly: not likely. Read on. According to the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), there is a link between alcohol consumption and tuberculosis (TB) worthy of your attention. In their report released for consultation (in August 2022), TB was at the bottom of the table of potential harms. See… Continue reading Distortions: Am I really going to get tuberculosis from drinking?
Distortions. The Temperance movement, or Why I’m having deja vu when I read this stuff
I'll admit, I'm a booze history nerd with a bunch of letters after my name. During my undergrad I did a paper on the Woman's Christian Temperament Union (WCTU) in London Ontario, and from that I did a Masters on the WCTU in Ontario (it was terrible but nudged me through to my PhD). I… Continue reading Distortions. The Temperance movement, or Why I’m having deja vu when I read this stuff
Distortions: Choose your own adventure
I have extracted a list of the articles upon which the CCSA has based its new guidelines. As I've noted elsewhere (repeatedly) they used sixteen, not nearly 6000 (extracted from 5915 studies). These were considered the only "high quality" studies although in their assessment some were considered low quality. (Read it yourself here, if you… Continue reading Distortions: Choose your own adventure
Distortions. The message and the messaging
When the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction released its Guidance on Alcohol and Health (opens in a new page so you can follow along) it was after a period of public consultation. I spent a lot of time reading the report released in August, talking about it with colleague and friends, and generally… Continue reading Distortions. The message and the messaging