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Thursday, February 23, 2012

New Alcohol Control Laws

Its seems that in order to have new legislation on alcohol there needs to be bad news. Recent news coverage of violent crimes and fatal accidents linked to alcohol use could encourage public support of stricter alcohol-control laws, HealthDay reports.

789 adults were surveyed in a new study that was conducted in which researchers found that they were more likely to support alcohol-control laws after exposure to stories in the media about violent crimes, car accidents, and other types of accidents involving alcohol.

One-third of deaths from accidents and violent crimes in some way involved the use of alcohol. Although, most news reports of these incidents fail to mention alcohol’s role in the cases, according to the authors of the study.

“People have some awareness of the social cost that alcohol can have,” said study author Michael D. Slater, of Ohio State University. “But only a small fraction of news stories on violent crime and non-motor vehicle accidents acknowledge the contributing role of alcohol.”

The study was published in the March issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

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