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New Website Exposes Anti-Alcohol Agenda of Nonprofits and Government Agencies

May 20, 2011


Washington, D.C. —In recognition of the May 21 anniversary of the repeal of the last state law prohibiting the sale of alcohol, the American Beverage Institute (ABI) is launching a new Website dedicated to revealing the hidden neoprohibitionist agenda of many non-profit groups and government entities such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

TheNewProhibition.com shows how these anti-alcohol activists are attempting to restrict and stigmatize responsible alcohol consumption by pushing for policies such as lowering blood alcohol content arrest thresholds, increasing the use of sobriety roadblocks, pushing for alcohol detection devices in all cars, banning alcohol advertising, and increasing alcohol taxes.

The new website from the American Beverage Institute educates consumers about the fact that their tax dollars are currently being used by NHTSA to fund research into universal alcohol detection devices and that the CDC is pushing for a lower legal blood alcohol concentration and higher alcohol taxes.

TheNewProhibition.com also shows that many of the statistics and studies anti-alcohol activists use to support these neoprohibitionist policies are severely flawed. The site profiles several of the most prolific anti-alcohol activists.

Other groups featured on the Website include the Marin Institute, the American Medical Association, National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Join Together, the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, the World Health Organization, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

“Americans should be aware that these seemingly innocuous organizations are actually pushing very radical agendas,” said ABI managing director Sarah Longwell. TheNewProhibition.com informs consumers that their charitable donations and tax dollars are being used to restrict their right to responsibly consume alcoholic beverages.”


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