|Beer is a legal beverage, which, |consumed in moderation, is consistent with a healthy lifestyle. In fact, a number of scientific studies have associated moderate beer consumption with healthy benefits, including a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease - an issue that deserves further study.||On the other hand, marijuana, crack, cocaine, and heroin are illegal ubstances that are destructive to the user's health regardless of the frequency of use.|
|Beer is produced by a legal, strictly regulated industry that employs hundreds of thousands of Americans, provides billions of dollars annually in state and federal taxes and directly contributes $44 billion to the American economy each year.||Crack, cocaine and heroin are produced by a totally-unregulated industry that pays no taxes and makes no positive contribution to society or our economy.|
|Beer is almost always consumed as a refreshment.||Marijuana, crack, cocaine and heroin are used to radically alter the normal physical and emotional state.|
|The vast majority of beer drinkers consume beer responsibly and moderately.||There is no such thing as responsible or moderate use of marijuana, crack, cocaine amd heroin.|
|Brewers spend literally millions of dollars annually sponsoring a variety of public education programs that promote responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages. These programs are working.||On the other hand, the marijuana, crack, cocaine and heroin industry does everything in its power to promote illegal use, abuse, and addiction, particularly among our youth.|
|The brewing industry continually funds educational programs designed to prevent underage persons from drinking and to teach them about the proper role of alcohol in our society.||The illegal drug industry recruits children from schoolyards to be users and sellers. High school-age children are a primary target of drug dealers, whose objective is addiction.|
There is nothing inherently wrong with our product. Beer is a wholesome beverage that can add to the quality of life when consumed in moderation, as intended. No one in the brewing industry promotes abuse. We do everything in our power to ensure that beer plays a positive role in our society and it is used responsibly.