alcohol

So We’re Drinking Our Way Through the Pandemic? It’s What Drugs Are For.

People are drinking (and using marijuana) more during the pandemic. Alarms have predictably been raised, but anxiety is misdirected. RAND…

October 8, 2020

“We Will Strap You Down”—A Hospital Illegally Forced Me Into a Detox Ward

It will go easier on you if you cooperate with them," said the nursing assistant sitting beside my bed. Clearly,…

September 30, 2020

21 to Drink? The Debate Around America’s Outlier Status

America’s minimum drinking age law, set nationally at 21 since 1984, appears to be written in stone. But in 2008,…

August 26, 2020

Alcohol Harm Reduction: A World of Growing Possibilities

In her early professional life, Louise liked to unwind with wine. She loved the way it looked in a glass;…

August 17, 2020

The Perpetual Pendulum of US Drinking Guidelines

Every five years, the United States produces a set of health recommendations entitled Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The document is…

August 3, 2020

Giving Alcohol, Nicotine, Marijuana to Isolated Homeless People Is Harm Reduction

Seeking positives in current times can feel futile. But for drug policy reformers, there are a few. San Francisco and…

June 3, 2020

“The Great” Offers a Window Into a Non-Temperance Way of Being

Netflix is currently screening The Great, a 10-part series portraying the improbable, nay astounding, story of Catherine II, Empress of…

May 26, 2020

Coronavirus Drug Policies Echo Plague Scapegoating of the Past

Infectious waves of illness that flash flood through cities, regions and—rarely but occasionally—all continents, date back throughout recorded history. The…

May 7, 2020

How the Pandemic Is Restricting Health Options for People Who Use Drugs

For the average non-essential worker, it might feel like the coronavirus has put the world on hold. But for people…

April 22, 2020

A Harm Reduction Plan for Vulnerable Drinkers Hits Unnecessary Obstacles

  As harm reductionists, we always have on our minds the health and well-being of people who use drugs. Too…

April 20, 2020