David J. Hanson
David Justin Hanson (born 1941) is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the State University of New York in Potsdam, 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 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; 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."
Hanson has published books and other publications on alcohol and maintains two websites on the subject. One is funded entirely by Hanson and the other "receives no support, directly or indirectly, from any person or entity associated with the production, distribution, advertising or sale of alcoholic beverages." His research and opinions have been reported in the New York Times and other newspapers; he has been quoted in Family Circle, Health magazine, Parade and other popular publications; and textbooks in 15 fields of study report his research.
He is a Board Member of the Saint Jude Retreats.
- Responses to Arguments Against the Minimum Legal Drinking Age (2011)
- Thinking Like a Researcher (2011)
- History of Alcohol and Drinking Around the World (2010)
- Alcoholics Anonymous (2011)
- DWI Courts (2009)
- Repeal of Prohibition in the U.S. (2009)
- Benefits of Drinking Outweigh Harm from Abuse
- Repeal of National Prohibition
- National Youth Rights Association - Board of Advisors NYRA website
- Selected List of Publications/Presentations Dating from 1990
- "Disclaimer on Hanson's webpage".
- St. Jude Retreats Board of Directors
- Mangled Drunk Driving Data? - Dr. David J. Hanson interview
- Fox News: Lawsuits, Alcohol Advertising and Money
- Los Angeles Times: Alcohol figures into some young Americans' European plans (may require registration)