Philadelphia Inquirer - February 10, 2012
Mangling data on liquor privatization
No matter how Antony Davies and other privateers mangle data compiled by the nonpartisan and universally respected U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the fact is that a panel of CDC experts has recommended against privatization of retail sale of alcohol ("Ignore alcohol-sales fairy tale," Feb. 3).
The CDC's Task Force on Community Preventive Services cited strong evidence from 21 different studies that say that privatization results in increased per-capita alcohol consumption.
In April 2011, the Task Force pointed to "excessive evidence" that the result is "excessive consump-tion, which is one of the leading causes of preventable death and disability."
Wendell W. Young IV, president, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776; chair, UFCW of PA Wine and Spirits Council, Plymouth Meeting
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