Archive for the ‘Health and Wine’ Category

Apr 22, 2013

How Alcohol Extremists Think: A Model of Delusion

I’ve read a great deal from what some call the “prevention community” and what others call “neo-Prohibitionists”. And I regularly read the various cases for enhanced alcohol regulation as well as the various cases for not “deregulating.” However I don’t think I’ve ever read a clearer, more concise, or more unapologetic argument for the extreme in alcohol regulation, than that crafted and published recently by The Sutherland Institute, a Utah-based conservative think tank. Though the Sutherland Institute has no official…

Feb 20, 2013

Changing the Wine Drinking Calculation…One Pill at a Time

What would be the impact on wine lovers if the inebriation qualities of wine were eliminated, while the alcohol remained in the drink? Put another way, what if the amount of wine you drank no longer determine how drunk you got? This is the tantalizing and fascinating question that arises from a news report that a pill is being developed that, upon being taken, would instantly sober up a person who has been drinking. Due to the fact that wine…

Feb 11, 2013

Why Trusting Wine Reviews From Minors Isn’t Smart

I’m fully aware of the need of scientists and researchers to confirm what appears obvious to most people. We do it to give objective confirmation to our well honed intuition and to understand the degree to which observable phenomena are being observed correctly. Still, I always get a bit of feeling of “I Told You So” when I see a result of a study that teaches us what I already know. I’m talking about the claim that I and many…

Jan 8, 2013

Giving Booze To Babies…For or Against?

Filed under “Arrival of Common Sense”: “I have to ask you, if you are trusted to vote, trusted to carry a weapon in the service of your country, why can’t we trust you to buy a beer at the bar?” This is one of the perfectly valid and obvious arguments that is being made by Colorado State Senator Greg Brophy in the service of a bill he will introduce in Colorado that would allow parents of 18-20 year olds to…

Jun 27, 2012

A Wine Lover’s View of Healthcare and the Supreme Court

Tomorrow the United States Supreme Court will hand down the anxiously anticipated ruling on the Federal Affordable Healthcare law. And if, as many expect, the decision comes on a 5-4 vote of the justices down party lines, I greatly fear the consequences. Wine lovers possess a simply way of understanding the consequences of this kind of outcome I and they should fear. More than simply dismantling a law that is already in partial effect or upholding a controversial piece of…