Author Affiliation: Department of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.
Alcohol is perhaps the most widely used psychoactive drug in the world.
Its many health effects, both adverse and beneficial, have been well documented.
For example, in 1998, alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes claimed 15,935
lives in the United States, accounting for 38% of all traffic fatalities.1 Two articles2,3
in this issue of THE JOURNAL highlight the particular circumstances of children
who die in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes and shed some light on the
relationships of these children to the alcohol-impaired drivers who caused
Li G. Child Injuries and Fatalities From Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle CrashesCall for a Zero-Tolerance Policy. JAMA. 2000;283(17):2291-2292. doi:10.1001/jama.283.17.2291