Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
Your point, LadyV, is your opinion, not rooted in the fact.
I don't think that I stated anywhere that it was anything other than opinion. What I did state is that if some is going to be illegal because it's
bad for you, than others that are worse should be illegal too....as stated, combine those killed by drunk drivers, broken homes, abused kids,unborn
children, those killed in alcoholic rages and the diseases from alcohol....it should be illegal from a health and safety standpoint.
* More than 100,000 deaths are caused by excessive alcohol consumption each year in the U.S. Direct and indirect causes of death include drunk
driving, cirrhosis of the liver, falls, cancer, and stroke. 1
* At least once a year, the guidelines for low risk drinking are exceeded by an estimated 74% of male drinkers and 72% of female drinkers aged 21 and
* Nearly 14 million Americans meet diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorders. 7
* Youth who drink alcohol are 50 times more likely to use coc aine than young people who never drink alcohol. 4
* Among current adult drinkers, more than half say they have a blood relative who is or was an alcoholic or problem drinker. 1
* Across people of all ages, males are four times as likely as females to be heavy drinkers. 1
* More than 18% of Americans experience alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence at some time in their lives. 8
* Traffic crashes are the greatest single cause of death for persons ages 633. About 45% of these fatalities are in alcohol-related crashes. 5
* Underage drinking costs the United States more than $58 billion every year enough to buy every public school student a state-of-the-art computer.
* Alcohol is the most commonly used drug among young people. 1
* Problem drinkers average four times as many days in the hospital as nondrinkers mostly because of drinking-related injuries. 1
* Alcohol kills 6˝ times more youth than all other illicit drugs combined. 3
* Concerning the past 30 days, 50% of high school seniors report drinking, with 32% report being drunk at least once.
1 Substance Abuse: The Nations Number One Health Problem, Feb. 2001
2 US Dept. of Health & Human Services
3 Mothers Against Drunk Driving
4 National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse
5 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
6 Alliance Against Underage Drinking
7 Grant B, Harford TC, Dawson DA, et al. Prevalence of DSM-IV alcohol abuse and dependence, United States 1992. Alcohol Health & Research World 18(3).
8 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism analysis based on U.S. Alcohol Epidemiologic Data Reference Manual, Vol. 6, 1st Edition. Drinking
in the United States : Main Findings from the 1992 National Longitudinal Alcohol Epidemiologic Survey. Bethesda , MD : NIAAA (in press).
9 National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The Economic Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the United
States, 1995. 1998.
10 U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services. Home and Garden Bulletin No. 232. Nutrition and Your Health. Dietary
Guidelines for Americans, 1995.