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Beer Institute urges skepticism over CASA report.

The Beer Institute has urged skepticism over the new study released by CASA, the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.

In releasing the report, CASA president Joseph Califano, Jr. former HEW secretary, alleged an "epidemic" of tobacco, alcohol and drug use among welfare recipients. The U.S. department of Health and Human Services took issue with this finding, saying that a previous CASA report "substantially overstates the number of individuals on AFDC who am impaired by substance abuse."

The Beer Institute took issue with CASA's equation of alcohol and drag use. "They are deliberately trying to inflate statistics, to generate alarm where it is clearly not warranted," said BI president Ray McGrath. "On any given day, one-third of Americans enjoy alcohol beverages. To include many of them in the accounting of the problem of drug abuse sends the wrong message to our children and implies that an even larger government can solve the problem."
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Title Annotation:Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Mar 6, 1995
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