Just In Case You Thought The Nanny Statists Weren’t Prohibitionists


Fat is the new smoking, and guess what makes you fat?

Booze. So clearly we need to regulate booze just like the vending machines and the large-size sodas, right?

Because it worked out so well the last time the government tried to control the drinking habits of Americans.

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans get too many calories from soda. But what about alcohol? It turns out adults get almost as many empty calories from booze as from soft drinks, a government study found.

Soda and other sweetened drinks — the focus of obesity-fighting public health campaigns — are the source of about 6 percent of the calories adults consume, on average. Alcoholic beverages account for about 5 percent, the new study found.

“We’ve been focusing on sugar-sweetened beverages. This is something new,” said Cynthia Ogden, one of the study’s authors. She’s an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which released its findings Thursday.

The government researchers say the findings deserve attention because, like soda, alcohol contains few nutrients but plenty of calories.

And by “deserve attention” they of course mean “needs to be addressed by restrictive taxes/regulations aimed at manipulating how much people drink.”

Because it’s not like this is a free country or anything.

Rob Port

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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