New PDF release: Alcohol in America : taking action to prevent abuse

By Steven Olsen; Dean R Gerstein

Alcohol is a killer. one in every of each 13 deaths within the usa is alcohol-related. This booklet takes a glance on the challenge, and turns out to be useful for these within the alcoholism prevention enterprise. it's also aimed toward counselors, politicians, judges, doctors, and police officers during the kingdom.

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Of course, these figures are only estimates. Several factors that could not be included in the calculations could force these percentages higher or lower, and the data are far from perfect. Nevertheless, these findings suggest that the number of theoretically preventable deaths, while not the 50 percent often cited, is still high. Nationwide, a 24 percent decrease in fatalities would mean that over 10,000 of the nearly 45,000 people killed annually in traffic accidents in recent years would not have died.

Prevention programs do not cost a great deal of money. They involve taxation, regulation, and messages that can be used over and over. Even a major mass media campaign can reach large numbers of people at low per capita costs. Prevention programs may also reduce the number of people in need of treatment. According to several major studies, efforts that succeed in influencing general drinking practices also influence the number of very heavy drinkers. If this is the case, altering drinking habits among the general population could reduce the number of people who drink excessively.

1 The population they studied cannot be taken to represent the entire United States, but it is typical of the young, employed male population. Polich and Orvis divided the 3,078 people they surveyed into different categories of drinkers according to their overall average daily consumption of alcohol. They also noted how many times a year these different drinkers consumed more than eight drinks in a single day. Since little drinking took place during the day, these "intensive drinking days" effectively meant that the drinker was intoxicated for at least a few hours during the evening.

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