Another Perspective on AP16
I’ve written some on alcohol policy in the past (here and here) and as the director of IWF’s Women for Food Freedom project, I’m always interested in figuring out where food and beverage regulations are headed next.
It was in this spirit that I attended a three-day conference last week in Washington, DC called Alcohol Policy 16 which was billed as a conference “on the avoidance of alcohol-related problems using public policy strategies.”
Yet, it didn’t take me long to realize that this conference really wasn’t about avoiding alcohol-related problems. Rather, it was about using the hammer of the state to make Americans avoid alcohol altogether. In fact, the conference program sets the tone with a rather dramatic quote by late anti-alcohol activist Griffith Edwards who said “alcohol is in itself Evil” and “society must rid itself of alcohol.” So much for the pre-dinner cocktail hour standard at these types of Washington conferences. Bummer.
Read her full piece at IWF’s Inkwell Blog.