Alcohol

Alcohol

Alcohol

Alcohol

Synopsis

Provides information about how alcohol acts upon the body, the social problems related to alcohol use, medical disorders connected to alcohol use, alcohol use throughout world cultures and the American population, and public policy issues. This book contains sections on adolescent and college student alcohol use.

Excerpt

On July 30, 2009, four men sat at a table on the White House lawn to drink beer: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, noted African American historian Professor Henry Louis Gates of Harvard University, and Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, police force. Crowley had arrested and handcuffed Gates in his own home just 10 days earlier, touching off a national furor on racial profiling. The so-called beer summit was photographed, discussed, and dissected on blogs and newscasts and in barbershops and bars nationwide. With a drink, the president hoped to symbolically bridge a racial divide.

The toxicology examiner of Westchester County, New York, stated that Diane Schuler was swigging vodka and had a blood-alcohol concentration of more than twice the legal limit on July 26, 2009, when she drove past two Do Not Enter signs onto the Taconic State Parkway and continued two miles into oncoming traffic before smashing head-on into an SUV, killing herself; her 2-year-old daughter; nieces ages 5, 7, and 9; and the three occupants of the SUV. In response to what seemed an epidemic of mothers driving drunk that summer, the New York State legislature passed a law on November 17 making it a felony to drive drunk with children in the car. Many commentators reiterated the public-health message that drunk drivers have difficulty with their perception, judgment, memory, and peripheral vision, as well in the motor skills involved in driving. Clearly, not everyone was listening: At a tavern also near the Taconic State Parkway in August 2010, a woman wove over to the jukebox, selecting Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar” and “Whiskey Girl” and George Thorogood’s “I Drink Alone”

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