David received a Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University in 1963.
David received a Master of Arts from Syracuse University in 1967. He also got a Ph.D. in 1972.
(The prevailing neo-prohibitionist approach to reducing al...)
The prevailing neo-prohibitionist approach to reducing alcohol problems is generally ineffective, often counter-productive, and is doomed to failure.
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In spite of a massive national investment in alcohol education, the evidence clearly demonstrates that our current efforts are overwhelmingly ineffective and are often counterproductive.
David received a Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University in 1963, a Master of Arts from Syracuse University in 1967. He also got a Ph.D. in 1972.
David Hanson began his career as an assistant to associate professor of sociology at State University of New York in Potsdam, New York, in 1968. In 1977 he became associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology. In 1982 he was promoted to full professor. Today he is professor emeritus of sociology at the State University of New York. He has researched the subject of alcohol and drinking for over 30 years, beginning with his PhD dissertation investigation, and has written widely on the subject.
Hanson has published two books and over 300 publications on alcohol and maintains three websites on the subject, none of which receives any support from the alcohol industry. His research and opinions have been reported in the New York Times, Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, Public Health Reports and other newspapers; he has been quoted in Family Circle, Health magazine, Parade and other popular publications.
Hanson is also a contributor to books, including The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior, by Taylor and Francis; Prevention and Societal Impact of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, edited by Peggy J. Ott and Ralph E. Tarter; Drug Use in America: Social, Cultural and Political Perspectives, edited by Peter Venturelli.
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Hanson is often critical of many prevailing views on the effects of alcohol on the body. He contends, for example, that the benefits of moderate drinking outweigh the harms from abusive drinking. Hanson is a critic of many groups that advocate the reduction of alcohol use as the solution to alcohol problems in society; he describes these groups as “neo-prohibitionist.”
Hanson criticizes what he calls the "temperance mentality" of many groups and claims that "their tactic is to establish cultural rather than strictly legal prohibition by making alcohol beverages less socially acceptable and marginalizing those who drink, no matter how moderately."
A critic of the 21-year age limit on legal drinking in the United States, he supports the acceptance of drinking learner permits for adults under the age of 21, analogous to driving learner permits.
David married Carol Wenger on August 1, 1964.