The issue of whether increased #prohibition would “cure” the Alaska #alcohol problem was in the news in 2005 (and 2015 and ….). [See earlier posts here, https://ykalaska.wordpress.com//?s=alcohol]

The claim was and is that banning alcohol–its sale and possession–would prevent misuse and violence. There is a concomitant argument that peoples “new” to alcohol haven’t learned how to “handle” it, unlike Old World peoples. There is also the argument that Asians or (Alaska) Natives are biologically unable to “hold” their liquor.

Many Alaska communities and authorities argued and argue that only banning alcohol will work. Bethel, Alaska is again arguing the issue. https://www.facebook.com/bumsted/posts/10204895458655382

I decided in 2005 to see what evidence exists for that statement/belief.

The evidence is alcohol abuse is far more complex. Prohibition works only to a point. The Old World has rising rates of binge drinking. People with flush toilets are violent when drunk.

Banning bread making is a desperate measure; people deserve better better decisions.

Look at the data–Prohibition only has limited success, anywhere. Alaska’s attitude that more of the same will work is simply not borne out by studies elsewhere and in Alaska. And erroneous silly statements such as this don’t help except to explain the backwards idea of ignoring data–Prof Wood states

 “These are cultures where people have gone from the Stone Age to the Space Age. Literally, people were living in stone huts and then NASA was visiting them to scope out a runway,” Wood told me. “It’s the same thing with drinking, they don’t have the same culture of drinking that European people have.”

The Atlantic article, Bethel, Alaska, is debating whether decades of restrictions on alcohol have caused more problems than they’ve solved.

The research links below were compiled through Connotea, a scientific bookmarking service from Nature magazine. It had a lot of functionality of the old Del.cio.us but was used by researchers. The collections of others were very useful especially the annotations. Unfortunately, it was closed in 2013 or so but did alert users to download their bookmarks. Zotero has assumed much of the old functions but in addition allows for the saving of web pages and pdfs as they were available. So much of the detail of the Internet has been lost since it’s late 90s early 2000s, in favor of glitzy and temporary. I’m not sure the current Google searches are better than the old Gopher.

Anyway, here is the old library. Some of the links are lost but perhaps the titles can be “googled” to find the articles.

“It is time for the community to mature and no longer be crippled by paternalistic mentalities,” Ana Hoffman, the president of the Bethel Native Corporation, said at a city meeting about alcohol sales earlier this year.

Connotea Alcohol links

1996 Alcohol and Drug: Familial alcohol

250-363_DOnofrio.pdf (application/pdf Object)

A History of Hooch

AAAS to develop science-based teaching tools on underage alcohol use

adn.com | crime : Alcohol blamed in Nome disappearances mystery

adn.com | Crime : Rural sexual assaults get troopers’ attention

Alcohol and harm reduction, then and now

Alcohol and the community : a systems approach to prevention / Harold D. Holder

Alcohol and the Community: A Systems Approach to Prevention

Alcohol and the Community: A Systems Approach to Prevention

Alcohol and the Community: A Systems Approach to Prevention.: By Harold Holder. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 1999, 183pp. including index, {pound}45. ISBN: 0521591872. — Ritson 35 (6): 628 — Alcohol and Alcoholism

Alcohol at home can cut teenage binge drinking, study says | Society | SocietyGuardian.co.uk


Alcohol Control Policy and Native American Communities

Alcohol link to most assaults

Alcohol Portrayal on Television Affects Actual Drinking Behaviour

Alcohol Problems in Developing Countries

Alcohol Research and Social Policy-Alcohol Health & Research World, Vol.20, No.4-1996-Overview of Chapters

Alcohol-Attributable Deaths and Years of Potential Life Lost Among American Indians and Alaska Natives — United States, 2001–2005

An abyss beyond the bottle | The Australian

APIS – Underage Drinking Maps and Charts

At-Risk Drinkers are at Higher Risk to Acquire a Bacterial Infection During an Intensive Care Unit Stay Than Abstinent or Moderate Drinkers

BABS students create videocommercial on underage drinking

BBC NEWS | Health | DJs criticised for drink comments

BBC NEWS | Health | UK among worst ‘binge drinkers’

BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Half-empty or half-full?

BILL W. and Dr. BOB

Binge Britain: 95 children under EIGHT hospitalised this year after drinking alcohol| News | This is London

Bootleggers Playing Hide-and-Seek on the Tundra

Booze laws not working – New Zealand news on Stuff.co.nz

Broken Spirits. Power and Ideas in Nordic Alcohol Control

calendarlive.com: Is home schooling best for drinking?


Comparative Analysis of Alcohol Control Policies in 30 Countries

Comparing Alcohol Policies Between Countries: Science or Silliness?

Comparing Alcohol Policies Between Countries: Science or Silliness?

CTD: Ethanol

D.W.I.’s Vex New Mexico, Once Seen as a Model – New York Times


Don’t Drink Hand Sanitizer for Alcohol

Drunken aftermath of sevens | Stuff.co.nz

Drunken Comportment: a Social Explanation

Drunken youths flood into hospital – New Zealand, world, sport, business & entertainment news on Stuff.co.nz

Emotions run high at Cambridge Bay meeting on alcohol

Evaluation of policy alternatives to reduce alcohol-related traffic fatalities

Expectations and excessive drinking – International Herald Tribune

Fifteen children a day attend Scottish emergency departments as result of drinking alcohol

First-of-its-kind Italian school study finds high levels of prenatal alcohol exposure

Frightened in Isolation: Unique Considerations for Research of Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence in Rural Areas

Harold D. Holder Alcohol and the Community – Cambridge University Press

How effective are alcohol and other drug prevention and treatment programs

How much people drink may matter less than how they drink it.

Impossible Mission: A History of the Legal Control of Native Drinking in Alaska

Internet Archive: Details: Radio Call-in Alcohol Delivery Site

Jailing alcoholics doesn’t work: N.W.T. health minister

‘Killing fields’ of NZ’s drinking culture – New Zealand, world, sport, business & entertainment news on Stuff.co.nz

Lawmakers have personal stake in DWI legislation

Local alcohol prohibition, police presence and serious injury in isolated Alaska Native villages

Meta-analysis in alcohol treatment research: does it help us to know what works? (Full Text)

Methods for evaluating policy changes in alcohol services

Nain booze rules won’t work, bar owner says

Naltrexone Used in Primary Care Setting May Be Effective in Preventing Drinking Among Alcohol-Dependent Abstainers

Neurogenetic adaptive mechanisms in alcoholism

newsminer.com • City seeks solutions to chronic inebriate dilemma

NIDA – Research Monographs – Monograph 168: Rural Substance Abuse: State of Knowledge and Issues

NIH unprecedented genetic study may help identify people most at risk for alcoholism

One in three young adults hit by drink – New Zealand, world, sport, business & entertainment news on Stuff.co.nz

Only 35 per cent of attackers identified – New Zealand, world, sport, business & entertainment news on Stuff.co.nz

PFDs, Binge Drinking and Therapeutic Court

Private school teens binge drink more – New Zealand, world, sport, business & entertainment news on Stuff.co.nz

Rare rape conviction given by Barrow jury

Reducing the harms of alcohol in the UK

Reducing the harms of alcohol in the UK

Residents fight house for homeless drunks

Review Alcohol and the Community: A Systems Approach to Prevention

Reward Deficiency Syndrome

Six-year sentence dismays victim’s family

Snowmachine injures dog in Mackey’s Sweepstakes team

South Africa’s wine country fights alcoholism scourge | csmonitor.com

SpringerLink – Journal Article

Stemming the tide of alcohol | Stuff.co.nz

Students call for alcohol limits in N.W.T. community


The Associated Press: Wet Towns Draw Binge Drinkers

The relationship of outlet densities to alcohol consumption: a time series cross-sectional analysis.

The tools to understand: community as co-researcher on culture-specific protective factors for Alaska Natives.

The Why Files | 1. Fetal alcohol syndrome and apoptosis

Turning Off the Tap

‘We’re in denial’ on alcohol abuse, Inuit politician says

What is an alcoholic? Looking after drunks

Whose Spirits Have Been Broken Anyway? Power and Ideas in Nordic Alcohol Control

You can cut back on alcohol — latimes.com

Youth Exposure to Alcohol Advertising on Radio — United States, June–August 2004

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