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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 e-book takes a glance on the challenge, and comes in handy for these within the alcoholism prevention enterprise. it's also geared toward counselors, politicians, judges, doctors, and police officers through the nation.

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These are the people for whom certain kinds of prevention programs can be uniquely effective. Heavy drinkers are not the only ones with problems. Anyone who drinks may at some time be prone to alcohol-related accidents, family conflict, and illnesses. Thus, treatment programs for people classified as alcoholics ameliorate only a portion of America's alcohol problems. There are several ways to investigate the critical question of how alcoholrelated problems are distributed across different kinds of drinkers.

Chapter 7 examines the role of the mass media in shaping drinking practices, through educational campaigns, advertising, and commercial programming. The third category includes those actions that make the world a safer place in which to drink. These actions can involve both the physical and the social world. Changes in the physical world might mean safer homes, workplaces, consumer products, machines, and highways. Changes in the social environment might entail offering to drive an intoxicated person home from a party or a bar.

Mass media ads may have caused part of the problem. Some ads have suggested that any level of drinking is dangerous when combined with driving. If this were true, 75 percent of the population would have broken the law, since this is the proportion of people who in one national survey admit to having driven after drinking. If people feel they have broken the law themselves, they are inclined to judge others leniently. In fact, the offense is drunken driving. Many people who drink and drive are not legally intoxicated, though their driving may be impaired.

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