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One City Wants to Serve More Alcohol on St. Patty’s Day Weekend

As the saying goes, on St. Patrick’s Day we are all a little Irish. From Tokyo to Chicago to Buenos Aires, St. Patrick’s Day has become an international holiday. While corned beef and green rivers are popular parts of the tradition, for many the holiday is about one thing: drinking. St. Patrick’s Day and the […]

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Poll: Should Minnesota Lower the Legal Drinking Age?

In 1984 President Reagan signed the Uniform Drinking Age Act, requiring all states to raise the legal drinking age to 21 or face reductions in their federal highway funding. Since 1995, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have complied. Turning Back the Clock But now, Minnesota lawmakers are considering legislation that would roll […]

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Proposed Laws Would Bar Drunk Drivers From Buying Alcohol

Special Licenses Would Prohibit Liquor Purchases For the second time in two years, New Mexico State Representative Brian Egolf has proposed a bill to prohibit convicted drunk drivers from purchasing alcohol. The bill—which was defeated in the state’s senate in 2013—would require DUI offenders who are under orders to use an ignition interlock to carry […]

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Will Colorado’s Felony DUI Bill Reduce Drunk Driving?

In January, Colorado lawmakers will consider a new DUI bill (HB 1036) making repeat DUI offenses a felony. Currently, Colorado is one of just five states plus the District of Columbia without a felony DUI law. DUIs in the state are treated similarly in the eyes of the court whether it is a first or tenth offense. […]

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Bill Would Give Repeat Drunk Drivers a Fifth Chance

Should repeat drunk drivers have the opportunity to get their driving privileges back? That was the question before the Illinois House this week. Under the state’s current laws, drivers with four DUI convictions permanently lose their license. Many think that the punishment fits the (repeated) crime and helps keep drunk drivers off the road. And […]

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Affordable Care Act Alcohol Treatment and Addiction

Obamacare Requires Insurance Plans to Cover Alcohol Treatment

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which went into effect on October 1, may bring some hope to people who want treatment for alcohol and substance abuse. Otherwise known as Obamacare, the new law defines drug and alcohol abuse as “chronic diseases.” This classification requires insurance plans to cover drug and alcohol treatment and allows healthcare […]

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Removing the Guesswork: NTSB Recommends Setting Clear Goals to Reduce Drunk Driving

In May the National Transportation Safety Board released 19 recommendations to eliminate impaired driving. This post is the last in a five-part series examining the NTSB’s five safety issue areas. In the past four posts I’ve explored the NTSB’s recommended countermeasures to affect “meaningful reductions in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.” These include: Lowering the legal BAC […]

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The Impact of Alcohol Consumption in America

Infographic: The Impact of Alcohol Consumption in America

Most people are aware of the devastating consequences of alcohol-impaired driving, but the consequences of alcohol misuse and abuse extend far beyond our highways. This infographic shows the unexpected ways alcohol misuse is taking a toll on the U.S. Click infographic to enlarge. Share This Infographic On Your Site Copy and paste the following snippet: Please include attribution to […]

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“Get 2 DUIs, Lose Your Ride”: One City’s Approach to Fighting Drunk Driving

Sanctions for driving while intoxicated are intended to keep offenders from repeating their mistake. Consequences range from fines to the loss of one’s driver’s license. But what if those consequences included the loss of your car? One city in Washington state is hoping to reduce DUIs by taking away offenders’ keys–and the vehicle they start. A […]

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To Drive or Not to Drive: NTSB urges high-visibility enforcement to influence driver decisions

In May the National Transportation Safety Board released 19 recommendations to end impaired driving. This post is the second in a series examining the NTSB’s five safety issue areas. It would be difficult to find a driver who isn’t aware that driving while impaired is illegal. Yet each day some people choose to drink and […]

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