Wine = Cigarettes
There is a very strong move afoot to make drinking every bit as socially unacceptable as smoking.
As far as I can tell, there is no organized body in the United States working to combat the effort to turn alcohol into cigarettes. As far as I can tell, there is no interest in combating the malicious effort to make it every bit as socially unacceptable to drink (even in moderation) in public, as it is to smoke.
The intent is clear: significantly reduce alcohol consumption and with it the profitability of the wine industry. The first set of things that will happen will be a recommendation by the U.S. federal government via the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism that no more than TWO DRINKS PER WEEK be consumed, then a lowering of the Blood Alcohol Limit for driving an automobile to .05. This will be followed by warning labels on all alcoholic beverages, including wine, that "there is no safe limit of alcohol consumption”.
Who is going to lead the effort to oppose the hysterical anti-alcohol efforts currently being pursued across the globe and in the United States? Who is going to organize the industry to call out the hysterical effort to turn alcohol into cigarettes? It may be that the alcohol and wine industry in the United States is so fractured and so fearful that little or nothing will be done.
But rest assured, others are doing something:
Juan E. Tello – Alcohol Unit Head – World Health Organization:
”How the World Health Organization plans to curb excess drinking across countries”
We have traditionally focused on people who drink, who have a problem. We treat them. We try to prevent them from beginning to drink. We also support their families. But now we ask, “Why are they drinking? What is driving the drinking in general?” Several drivers are behind the phenomenon. One is the price of alcohol…Another factor is availability. When you go to supermarkets, drugstores, outlets along the highways, you can buy alcohol. That didn’t used to be the case. Marketing campaigns are also aggressive. The alcohol industry learned from tobacco and uses similar marketing strategies to get younger people, women, to drink more. Finally, alcohol is normalized in Western society.
We see a common pattern across the industries of tobacco, alcohol, food, and other “unhealthy commodities.” The way they behave is quite similar. We need an approach that is common to all of these unhealthy commodities. We need to think more broadly on what the well-being of the people is, or what development means.