Big Pharma Makes Two Glasses of Wine Into a Disease

How are two glasses of wine related to public healthcare corruption and crony capitalism? While this instance of Big Pharma giving itself a gift through government mandates comes from the other side of the ocean, it gives us an idea of what we can expect from Obamacare. Here is how the story begins in the Telegraph: Hundreds of thousands of people drinking half a bottle of wine a night are to be put on the first ever drug to help reduce alcohol consumption, under plans announced by the National Read more […]

Alcoholics Anonymous Is Being Quesitoned But the Disease Model Still Reigns

Using the language of “disease” or “sickness” as a metaphor for moral turpitude and/or depravity is an ancient practice. It makes sense. But that doesn’t mean that vices are really diseases. I am not guilty for being sick but I am guilty when I commit immoral acts. One of the main proponents of the “disease model” for alcoholism (or the vice of heavy drinking—just to give it a more neutral name) has been Alcoholics Anonymous. Interestingly, after dominating the field of recovering Read more […]

Anheuser-Busch and Denzel’s Drunken Flight

Denzel Washington’s newest film, Flight, is about an airline pilot plagued with alcoholism. While actual flight plays a relatively small part in the movie, actual alcoholism does not. In fact, alcoholism is what the movie is really about. It is not an action movie with a bit of drama; it is a drama with a bit of action. Some viewers are even expressing feelings of being “deceived” by the film’s trailers; but let’s face it, would a movie about alcoholism really pack the theaters? Even Read more […]