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By Steven Olsen; Dean R Gerstein

Alcohol is a killer. considered one of each 13 deaths within the usa is alcohol-related. This ebook takes a glance on the challenge, and comes in handy for these within the alcoholism prevention company. it's also geared toward counselors, politicians, judges, doctors, and police officers through the kingdom.

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At the same time, many nongovernmental grass roots organizations have sprung up to combat the problem of drunk driving, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID), and Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD). These groups have supported such preventive actions as increasing the drinking age, changing criminal penalties, and installing new classroom curricula. Many other organizations in the United States also have the potential to make a significant contribution to the overall goal of reducing the number of alcohol problems.

The data show that 24 percent of the fatalities would not have occurred if the drivers had not been drinking. Similar calculations give average estimates of 12 percent for the number of disabling injuries that would be prevented and 6 percent for the amount of preventable property damage. 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.

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