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ALCOHOL-RELATED injuries cost the nation an estimated $47.5 billion a year.
"In more personal terms, such injuries cost every man, woman, and child in the United States about $190 a year," says Lewis Eigen, PhD, president, Science and Health Services, a Rockville, Md, communications firm.
Eigen spoke at a national conference on alcohol-related injuries, sponsored by a number of federal departments including Health and Human Services, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Labor, and Transportation.
Surgeon General's Call
Conferees heard Antonia Novello, MD, surgeon general of the Public Health Service, call for a broad, society-wide approach to dealing with alcohol abuse. She says this approach cannot remain solely in the hands of the police and the legal system.The conferees drew up a series of recommendations that they hope will prevent or at least reduce injuries related to excessive alcohol consumption, ineluding the following:Reducing availability of alcohol, through increased taxes;
Reducing availability of alcohol, through increased taxes;
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