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RAND Study Looks at Military Contractors and Alcohol Misuse

For a significant number of veterans, alcohol misuse is one legacy of their military service. In 2006, 1.8 million veterans of any age met the criteria for having a substance abuse disorder. And in 2010, the VA saw 362,737 veterans who had been diagnosed for an alcohol abuse problem. But a new study from the […]

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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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MA High School Sets Drunk Driving Message Back 30 Years

If you aren’t outraged now, you may be by the end of this post. In early October, Massachusetts high school honor student Erin Cox received a message from a friend who had been drinking, asking for a ride home from a party. According to the Boston Herald, Cox arrived to pick up her friend just […]

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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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Moving the Needle: Reducing Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities by Focusing on Repeat DWI Offenders

In May the National Transportation Safety Board released 19 recommendations to eliminate impaired driving. This post is the fourth in a series examining the NTSB’s five safety issue areas. The NTSB recommends using DWI Courts and other programs to reduce recidivism by repeat DWI offenders. Since traditional countermeasures have limited effects on individuals who repeatedly […]

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Disconnecting “Drunk” from “Driving”: NTSB Recommends Increased Use of In-Vehicle Alcohol Testing Technology

In May the National Transportation Safety Board released 19 recommendations to eliminate impaired driving. This post is the third in a series examining the NTSB’s five safety issue areas. The NTSB recommends expanding the use of in-vehicle devices to prevent operation by an impaired driver. These types of devices can deliver promising outcomes for eliminating […]

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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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Immigration and Border Security Law Includes DUI Penalties for Those Seeking Citizenship

On June 27, 2013, the U.S. Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act with a majority of 68 votes. Among the many immigration and border security issues covered in its 1,200 pages, the bill includes new provisions that specifically target drunk drivers seeking entry and citizenship in the U.S. Section 3702 […]

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Amnesty for Minors in Possession: Good Idea, or Get out of Jail Free Card?

On May 11th, a 20-year-old Arizona State University student was left unconscious in a wheelchair at a local ER with a post-it note stuck to his body to alert staff that he had been drinking heavily and needed help. By the time medical personnel began treatment, the young man’s skin was blue and he was […]

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