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Alcohol use and a safe environment

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Three areas are discussed which illustrate the potential for drinking to increase the threat to personal safety, i.e. family harm and disruption, violence and crime, and traffic safety. Such threats to safety are especially important in that they extend well beyond the individual drinker into the lives of family members, friends, work colleagues, and even strangers who can become injured or killed in a drinking and driving accident. Thus, alcohol policy is a concern for all citizens whose personal safety can be at risk. From this perspective, alcohol-involved problems are public health and safety issues. Controlled evaluations of a number of strategies provide evidence of potential effectiveness to reduce problems related to safety.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 1997-03-01

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