Sometimes people say the most worrying things:
So if these exercises are not capable of producing truth as we know it, do they serve other functions that are useful if not scientifically credible?
Read that carefully, at least three times. Ponder on its meaning.
Now read the next bit:
In a democracy, politicians and policymakers often need to be shamed into doing the right thing, and costs to society have the ability to shame, blame and even defame.
So the figures used by public health people are not true but it doesn't matter because we need to be "shamed into doing the right thing".
And that right thing is prohibition of course. Denormalising choices made by ordinary people. Banning and restricting our choices.
Despite the "science" being a lie. A lie justified on the basis of a specious "public good" by a man who claims to be a scientist:
Dr. Babor spent several years in postdoctoral research training in social psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and subsequently served as head of social science research at McLean Hospital's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center in Belmont, MA. In 1982 he moved to the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He has served as the Scientific Director at the Alcohol Research Center and the interim Chair of the Psychiatry Department before moving to Community Medicine in 1998.
Welcome my friends to the world of "public health".