Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Beer Sponsorship Draws Protest from Prevention Advocates

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Beer Sponsorship Draws Protest from Prevention Advocates

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Prevention advocates--including students, parents and members of the recovering community--led by Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence (RICAODD) staged a "Keep Beer Out of th Olympics" demonstration during the World Scholar-Athlete Games in June at the University of Rhode Is

Dr. Leroy Walker, president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, was in Rhode Island to conduct a town m on substance abuse as a part of the Games, which drew an estimated 2,000 students from more than 100

"The decision of the U.S. Olympic Committee to accept Anheuser-Busch as a sponsor of the 1996 Game Atlanta seriously undermines Dr. Walker's credibility as a substance abuse prevention advocate," sai RICAODD executive director, who organized the demonstration. "How can we expect our children not to drink when they see a beer commercial every time a gifted athlete wins an Olympic medal? Surely Dr. other members of the U.S. Olympic Committee know that alcohol more often cripples athletes than enha performance. …

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