alcohol http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/9972/all en Claims of 1,800+ Deaths from Binge Drinking Is Wrong, WaPo Fact Checker Says http://www.mrc.org/articles/claims-1800-deaths-binge-drinking-wrong-wapo-fact-checker-says <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chronicle of Higher Education, PBS recently reported alcohol stat Post Fact Checker gives three Pinocchios. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/joseph-rossell">Joseph Rossell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Media outlets and politicians often fall for junk science and misleading statistics. This happened recently with alcohol-related death statistics, which The Washington Post exposed as factually incorrect.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/claims-1800-deaths-binge-drinking-wrong-wapo-fact-checker-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Media alcohol alcohol-related death binge drinking Chronicle of Higher Education drinking Fact Checker Glenn Kessler junk science NewsHour NIAAA PBS Statistics The Washington Post Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:51:05 +0000 julia.seymour 48064 at http://www.mrc.org Washington Post Wonkblog Clarifies Outrageous Alcohol Stat http://www.mrc.org/articles/washington-post-wonkblog-clarifies-outrageous-alcohol-stat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Original article claims heaviest drinkers in U.S. consume more than 10 drinks per day. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/joseph-rossell">Joseph Rossell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">The Washington Post’s Wonkblog backpedalled slightly after being accused of making questionable claims about alcohol consumption patterns in the United States. Wonkblog published a second piece Oct. 3, clarifying the statistics from the<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/09/25/think-you-drink-a-lot-this-chart-will-tell-you/"> Sept. 25, article</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/washington-post-wonkblog-clarifies-outrageous-alcohol-stat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Health Media alcohol alcohol consumption data journalism drinking heavy drinking NIAAA philip cook Statistics substance abuse Trevor Butterworth Washington Post wonkblog Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:44:23 +0000 julia.seymour 47368 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Hypes Misleading Government Alcohol Study http://www.mrc.org/articles/cbs-hypes-misleading-government-alcohol-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Taxpayers pay for unnecessary study on alcohol-related fatalities. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/mike-ciandella">Mike Ciandella</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) recently published a new report that not only misled, but was completely unnecessary. And CBS repeated it rather than criticize its irrelevancy.</p><p dir="ltr">The NIAAA study claimed that the number of alcohol related deaths has been vastly under-reported. However, this was misleading. A separate government agency NIAAA agrees with has been publishing the correct number of deaths for years, and media outlets have been using that correct data. So the new taxpayer study went looking for a problem that wasn’t there.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Mike Ciandella is MRC Business Senior Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@mikeciandella" target="_blank">Follow Mike Ciandella on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/cbs-hypes-misleading-government-alcohol-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Government Media alcohol car accident cbs death Fatalities government study NHTSA NIAAA traffic traffic safety Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:53:45 +0000 julia.seymour 45856 at http://www.mrc.org CDC Funds Faulty Anti-Alcohol Study That Targets Budweiser http://www.mrc.org/articles/cdc-funds-faulty-anti-alcohol-study-targets-budweiser <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Media misinterpret Hopkins analysis of tiny number of emergency patients. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kristine-marsh">Kristine Marsh</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you end up in the emergency room for a serious injury after a night out, it might be because you were drinking Budweiser.</p> <p>Or at least that’s the claim of a questionable new <a href="http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/10826084.2013.817430?journalCode=sum">study</a>, conducted by The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Medical Health. Among emergency room patients with alcohol-related injuries, the most likely culprit of beers turned out to be the King of Beers, Budweiser.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/cdc-funds-faulty-anti-alcohol-study-targets-budweiser" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Health alcohol Budweiser Hopkins media Thu, 12 Sep 2013 14:59:53 +0000 dan.gainor 44470 at http://www.mrc.org USA Today Hypes Anti-Gun Study by Lefty Advocacy Group on Front Page http://www.mrc.org/articles/usa-today-hypes-anti-gun-study-lefty-advocacy-group-front-page <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New study by Soros-linked Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation claims ‘gun violence’ costs $12 billion every year. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/liz-thatcher">Liz Thatcher</a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="normal">USA Today highlighted a study on gun violence, giving it top billing on its front page March 5. The headline read: “Gun Violence Annual Cost: $12 Billion.” But the USA Today story didn’t give any indication of the left-wing inclinations of the group behind that study.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/usa-today-hypes-anti-gun-study-lefty-advocacy-group-front-page" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Health alcohol Guns tobacco violence Wed, 06 Mar 2013 19:27:20 +0000 dan.gainor 42839 at http://www.mrc.org NBCNews.com Hypes Danger of Moderate Drinking http://www.mrc.org/articles/nbcnewscom-hypes-danger-moderate-drinking <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Promotes study linking alcohol to cancer deaths, but ignores critics of the science. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/mike-ciandella">Mike Ciandella</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Both NBCNews.com and <a href="http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/02/14/study-alcohol-is-leading-preventable-cause-of-cancer-in-u-s/">CBS Boston</a> recently touted study linking even 1.5 drinks a day, or less to certain types of cancer. That study has been criticized for “questionable assumptions,” but neither story pointed that out. <br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/nbcnewscom-hypes-danger-moderate-drinking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Health alcohol cancer cbs death dr. r. curtis ellison dr. timothy naimi fatality health hype Medicine NBC study Tue, 19 Feb 2013 18:56:56 +0000 julia.seymour 42686 at http://www.mrc.org Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll … and More Sex http://www.mrc.org/articles/sex-drugs-rock-n-roll-%E2%80%A6-and-more-sex <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/sarah-knoploh">Sarah Knoploh</a> </div> </div> </div> <p >Sex, alcohol, drugs, and profanity are easy to find: just turn on the radio. During the summer of 2009, the top 20 songs were full of such references. One hit song was even entitled “Birthday Sex.” </p> <br /> <p >Popular singer Lady Gaga's single “Love Game” was all about her sexual desires. The music video was so provocative, perhaps because of lesbians kissing, that it was banned in Australia. Another popular song, “Best I Ever Had” featured “f***”19 separate times. </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/sex-drugs-rock-n-roll-%E2%80%A6-and-more-sex" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Culture Family alcohol BirthdaySex Drugs JamieFoxx Jeremih LadyGaga popmusic Wed, 19 Aug 2009 04:00:00 +0000 admin 28576 at http://www.mrc.org Life on the Straight Edge http://www.mrc.org/articles/life-straight-edge <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/l-brent-bozell-iii">L. Brent Bozell III</a> </div> </div> </div> <p >The Hartford Courant recently reported on a somewhat shocking teenage contrast. Picture a band of boys calling themselves “Society in Ruins” playing thrash-metal music so loudly it would make your ears bleed. But the teen rockers also have committed themselves to what's called the “Straight Edge” lifestyle of no drugs and no alcohol during high school. Courant writer Teresa Pelham reported the teenage rockers don't have a formal pact, “just an understanding that there will be no pressure, at least from each other, to drink or try drugs.”</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/life-straight-edge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Culture Education alcohol Drugs peerpressure sex teens Mon, 05 Jan 2009 05:00:00 +0000 admin 28806 at http://www.mrc.org American Teens Heavily Involved in Sex, Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking http://www.mrc.org/articles/american-teens-heavily-involved-sex-alcohol-drugs-smoking <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/kristen-fyfe">Kristen Fyfe</a> </div> </div> </div> <p >Nearly half (48 percent) of high school students have had intercourse and 3.5 million people ages 12 to 20 meet the criteria for having an alcohol use disorder.  Almost a quarter (23 percent) of high school students smoke.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/american-teens-heavily-involved-sex-alcohol-drugs-smoking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Culture Family alcohol Drugs sex Smoking Teenagers WashingtonPost Tue, 15 Jul 2008 04:00:00 +0000 admin 28167 at http://www.mrc.org CBS's Alfonsi Shakes Up Audience with Drinking Survey http://www.mrc.org/articles/cbss-alfonsi-shakes-audience-drinking-survey <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/ken-shepherd">Ken Shepherd</a> </div> </div> </div> <p >     In about the time it might take a seasoned bartender to whip up a Manhattan, New York-based reporter Sharyn Alfonsi concocted an intoxicating mix of hype and government statistics. Yet the CBS reporter left out some sobering details from her January 2 “Evening News” report about the main ingredients to her story, the sources she consulted for comment.</p> <br /> <p >     Reporting on a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study on binge drinking, Alfonsi began with a frightening story of teenage alcoholism.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/cbss-alfonsi-shakes-audience-drinking-survey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Health alcohol alfonsi binge cbs drinking MediaBias Wed, 03 Jan 2007 18:54:40 +0000 admin 25677 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Plugs Liquor Wholesalers Study on Teenage Internet Booze Sales http://www.mrc.org/articles/nbc-plugs-liquor-wholesalers-study-teenage-internet-booze-sales <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/ken-shepherd">Ken Shepherd</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; NBC swallowed claims from a study that criticized online alcohol vendors, though very few teens actually buy liquor online. What’s more, Chief Consumer Correspondent Lea Thompson failed to include any critics who would argue the survey paid for by the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) was biased in favor of its pro-regulation agenda.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/nbc-plugs-liquor-wholesalers-study-teenage-internet-booze-sales" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Family Health alcohol Internet liquor NBC online teen Thu, 10 Aug 2006 21:04:55 +0000 admin 25097 at http://www.mrc.org AP Swallows anti-Alcohol Group's Findings on Alcohol and African-Americans http://www.mrc.org/articles/ap-swallows-anti-alcohol-groups-findings-alcohol-and-african-americans <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/ken-shepherd">Ken Shepherd</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Print media ran results of an anti-alcohol group’s study that warned black children are exposed to more alcohol marketing than their white peers, but the report left out information which undermined the study.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/ap-swallows-anti-alcohol-groups-findings-alcohol-and-african-americans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Health alcohol AssociatedPress CAMY Wed, 21 Jun 2006 14:44:50 +0000 admin 25157 at http://www.mrc.org