David Justin Hanson (born 1941) is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the State University of New York in Potsdam, New York. He has researched the subject of alcohol and drinking for over 30 years, beginning with his PhD dissertation investigation, and has written widely on the subject.
Hanson is often critical of many prevailing views on the effects of alcohol on the body. He contends, for example, that the benefits of moderate drinking outweigh the harms from abusive drinking. Hanson is a critic of many groups that advocate the reduction of alcohol use; he describes these groups as “neo-prohibitionist.”
Hanson criticizes what he calls the "temperance mentality" of many groups and claims that "their tactic is to establish cultural rather than strictly legal prohibition by making alcohol beverages less socially acceptable and marginalizing those who drink, no matter how moderately."
- Benefits of Drinking Outweigh Harm from Abuse
- Repeal of National Prohibition
- National Youth Rights Association - Board of Advisors NYRA website
- Selected List of Publications/Presentations Dating from 1990
- "Disclaimer on Hanson's webpage". http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/Disclaimer.html. Retrieved 2008-08-02.
- Alcohol: Problems and Solutions (site funded by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States)
- About David J. Hanson
- David J. Hanson publications