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9/19/2017 7:27:10 PM
Posted: 4/1/2006 4:08:36 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/1/2006 4:12:20 AM EDT by DarkNite]
Alcohol-Branded Merchandise Boosts Teen Drinking

Researchers at Dartmouth Medical School tracked middle school students, ages 10 to 14, in northern New England for two years and found that young teens who owned alcohol-branded merchandise were much more likely to start drinking than peers who didn't own such items -- 25.5 percent vs. 13.1 percent, respectively.

Can't you can take the same 'research' and say: Teen Drinking Boosts Alchohol-Branded Merchandise Sales???

It makes more sense to me that kids who are already drinking would buy a Cuervo t-shirt than it does that same t-shirt propelling impressionable children over the abyss of alchoholism. Once again it's time to demonize inanimate objects because the 'researchers' lack the insight and strength to see the problem where it lies!

Link Posted: 4/1/2006 4:28:34 AM EDT
The goal is to actually demonstrate causality, not correlation. In the absence of being able to demonstrate causality, a (good) researcher can only state that there appears to be correlation.

Not as forceful a conclusion, but more acurate.
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