- Researchers seeing similar effects from too much sugar and too much alcohol
- Alcohol is simply the distillation of sugar, she says, and sugar should be taxed and regulated
- Schmidt: We may be thinking about obesity and chronic disease in the wrong way
- She says tackling obesity and chronic disease will be hard, but concerned people can do plenty
(CNN)I am a medical sociologist, which means I study the health of whole societies. I've spent more than 20 years studying the best possible ways to address alcohol problems in societies -- what works and what doesn't to protect people from harm.