A thought provoking collection of essays
‘Difference in opinion leads to inquiry and inquiry into truth’ -Thomas Jefferson
Alcohol - opposing viewpoints, is a collection of papers, edited by Andrea Nataya and published by Greenhaven Press revolving around different viewpoints concerning alcohol. The series founders seek to challenge those with strongly held views and assumptions and asks them to evaluate their thinking and to be open to different ideas and therefore understand the origin of their own bias and viewpoints accordingly. The book opens with a quote from John Stuart Mill ‘The only way in which a human being can make some approach to knowing the whole of a subject is by hearing what is said about it by persons of every variety of opinion and studying all modes in which it can be looked at by every character of mind. No wise man ever acquired his wisdom in any mode but this’.
Hence subjects and opinions for and against issues such as youth drinking, the benefits of moderate drinking, abstinence during pregnancy, the nature of addiction, whether choice or disease and whether alcohol is used as an excuse to absolve oneself from responsibility regarding antisocial behaviour and violence are all discussed from varying points of view.
Contributors include Dwight Heath and Stanton Peele from AIM’s Social Scientific and Medical Council as well as two papers from WHO, contributions from NIAAA, MADD, David Hanson and many others.