By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
November 19, 2020
Addressing alcohol policy in North Carolina remains a signature issue for the Christian Action League (CAL). We are one of the few public-policy organizations in the country that still takes on the liquor traffic. We have no illusions about the return of Prohibition. However, we do strongly believe alcohol cannot be treated as an ordinary commodity. Alcohol is America’s number one drug problem. Our mission is to provide communities and North Carolina lawmakers with the best scientific data concerning alcohol policies that effectively minimize alcohol-related harm. Our lobbying activity is couched in a robust Christian worldview, which essentially contends we are our “brother’s keeper.” In these efforts, we’ve had good success.
Nevertheless, our work gets more challenging in this field with each passing year. Attitudes about alcohol use have been rapidly changing for the worse. The public is less wary, and the industry is always pushing the envelope to expand their market. In response, more often than not, lawmakers wrongly loosen alcohol control measures and regulations. Consequently, alcohol wreaks havoc on our state and nation.
Not very often does one read an article about alcohol today as insightful as the one at the link below. It’s especially revealing that it’s coming from a publication like The Atlantic, hardly a neo-prohibitionist magazine. I find it interesting that much of what the writer says (Olga Khazan) agrees with what CAL has been arguing in recent years.
America’s Favorite Poison: Whatever Happened to the Anti-Alcohol Movement will help you understand what’s been happening, but, most importantly, the way we now allow “one of the biggest public health threats…a free pass.”
At the Christian Action League, we don’t give alcohol a free pass, and we hope you will continue to support this critical ministry. We are making a difference, and only the Great Judgment of God on the Last Day will reveal how many people were spared great suffering and even the loss of their lives because we didn’t give up the fight.
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