The National Institutes of Health just shut down a $100 million clinical trial on the medical evidence for the pop-science recommendation that moderate alcohol use is part of a healthy lifestyle. Not only did it turn out that liquor companies funded the research, but documents obtained by the New York Times showcase collusion with researchers. They demonstrate that, in violation of NIH rules, the Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism spent money to send scientists to meet liquor executives, pitch to them the targeted result (that drinking is healthy), and solicit donations accordingly. Perhaps most telling was an early email between staffers stating that the trial would be named “Cardiovascular Health Effects of Ethanol Research Study.” Check the acronym.
The National Review, The Week, 09 July 2018