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Alcohol Abuse Prevention is something everybody wants and has become a bandwagon that everybody can jump on. More than a few organizations are using that fact to their advantage. Before you jump, though, learn what these organizations are really doing and supporting.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was founded in 1980 to reduce traffic fatalities caused by drunk drivers. However, it appears that prohibitionist beliefs in the organization have gained influence and MADD has now largely become anti-alcohol rather than anti-drunk-driving. For more, visit Mothers Against Drunk Driving: A Crash Course in MADD.
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program is used in about 75-80% of the school districts in the United States and in dozens of other countries around the world. Each year tens of millions of students are taught the program, but is it effective in reducing alcohol and drug use? For more, visit Drug Abuse Resistance Education.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) demonstrates a continuing pattern of presenting alarming but erroneous and misleading statistics to promote its agenda. For more, visit The Center for Science in the Public Interest: Not Science and Not in the Public Interest.
The Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) has a long history of presenting factually erroneous and highly inflated statistics as justifications for "national mobilizations" and other drives against alcohol use. For more, visit Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse: A Center for Alcohol Statistics Abuse?
The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), a federal agency, has long been guilty of illegally misappropriating taxpayer money for lobbying, of censoring citizens with whom it disagrees, of self-servingly distorting statistics, and of using its power to abuse innocent Americans. For more, visit Center for Substance Abuse Prevention: What You Don't Know.
The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) works to severely restrict, if not censor, all beer, wine and spirits advertising on TV, in magazines, and elsewhere. For more, visit CAMY: Its Objectives and Methods.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has created a nation-wide network of temperance-oriented groups and individuals and has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into supporting the anti-alcohol agenda and activties of that network. For more, visit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Financier of Temperance.
Since before National Prohibition was imposed in the U.S. in 1920, the American Medical Association (AMA) has promoted abstinence from all alcohol beverages. For more, visit Abstinence Motivated Agenda.
The Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems is a massively endowed temperance-oriented organization that attempts to organize community action against those who produce, advertise, distribute or sell alcoholic beverages. For more, visit The Marin Institute: An Anti-alcohol ActivistOrganization.