Alcohol Related Accident

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The Verdict Is In

October 23, 2015

No alcohol during pregnancy — ever.  That’s the word from U.S. pediatricians. The American Academy of Pediatrics has put out a clear message: Don’t do it.  Ever.  At all.  Not even a tiny bit. No amount of alcohol should be considered safe to drink during any trimester of pregnancy. The group released a report Monday […]

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The Saturation Patrol Problem

October 10, 2015

Did you know that it is illegal for law enforcement to have sobriety checkpoints in Wisconsin? That is just the tip of the insanity iceberg when it comes to Wisconsin’s lenient laws on drinking and driving.

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A Kennedy Comes Out

October 6, 2015

One of the most interesting and worthwhile interviews about addiction I have seen on 60 Minutes in some time. One time congressman and son of Ted Kennedy, Patrick opens up about how his problem and our problem are really the whole nation’s problem. Patrick Kennedy on 60 Minutes. View More: Newsmakers News|60 Minutes News|Live News|More […]

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September 28, 2015

Maybe I should have saved this one for Halloween. Posted in 2012, it has over 6 million views and most of the 2000 comments go something like these: and the rest are similar –

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Secondhand Alcohol Harm

August 31, 2015

I often see PSA’s on the damage caused by alcohol to the user; this one is about its effect on others. IAS – Alcohol’s Harm to Others from The Institute of Alcohol Studies on Vimeo. The numbers here in America are much larger. Our friend Lisa, over at Breaking The Cycles has a great post […]

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The Downfall of Palcohol

August 27, 2015

We here at TDA have already given Palcohol a big thumbs down and predicted it’s doom, and now it seems most of our states are following suit.  Last week Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Friday that bans the sale of powdered alcohol, known as Palcohol, across the state.  The governor and supporters say the powdered […]

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Drunk or Dying…You Make The Call

August 3, 2015

Drunk or dying…you make the call. That’s the tag line of a well done website and organization devoted to educating the public on the dangers of alcohol poisoning. Aware Awake Al!ve was born out of tragedy after the tragic death of Carson Starkey, who died of alcohol poisoning after a fraternity initiation rite. The Signs […]

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The Hidden Cost of Alcohol

October 8, 2009

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A recent study shows that the medical expense of intoxicated patients from minor motor vehicle accidents is more than 4 times greater than sober drivers.

The median cost for treating intoxicated patients was $5,884, compared with $1,346 for sober drivers. Treating drunk drivers cost so much more, they explain, primarily due to the differences in number of tests ordered and duration of stay… presumably because those patients were less capable of explaining to doctors what hurt and where, though the researchers don’t expressly state that. ~ Time

In one year, in one hospital, in tiny Rhode Island the difference between drunk and sober of the 1,618 patients would amount to over $7 million. Hey White House, looking for medical savings to save healthcare reform?

Hangovers, DUI’s, and shameful regret are sheepishly admitted by most people as the typical cost of overindulgence and alcohol abuse. Only in rare instances, and usually just in recovery circles is the hidden cost of alcohol openly admitted and discussed. This includes drop outs, divorce, insolvency, incarceration, neglect and abuse (and that’s the sanitized abbreviated list)- more often than not, alcohol is going to be involved or the primary culprit.

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TDA’s European Inebriation

September 26, 2009

TDA’s European Inebriation at The Discovering Alcoholic

I wanted to take a break from the depressing news here in the States, so please join me for a quick getaway across the great pond I’m calling TDA’s European Inebriation (in honor of the Griswalds).

We start out in the UK where a Dorset prison had to uninstall the hand sanitizer pumps initially put in to help prevent swine flu. Apparently the prisoners discovered the cleanser was made mostly of ethyl alcohol and promptly became intoxicated.

Prison officials said,”When you get something called alcohol gel you can see what is going to happen. You don’t want drunk prisoners running around the prison.” ~ BBC

I think the guards have decided they would rather have sick than drunk prisoners. Good choice. Now on to France.

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Too Drunk to Die?

September 25, 2009

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A fairly extensive study involving 38,000 cases over a period of five years suggests that having alcohol in the blood stream may increase the chances of survival in accidents involving severe brain trauma.

“This study really brings up more questions than it answers,” says coauthor Ali Salim, M.D., the program director of the General Surgery Residency Educational Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles. “It’s a bad thing to say alcohol is good, especially since it’s responsible for so many of these injuries. But our study suggests there may be some survival advantage for people with elevated [blood alcohol] levels.” ~

There’s probably two guys sitting at a bar at this very moment discussing this story praising the merits of alcohol, and both will drive home smug and content that their brain is safe. Drinker’s beware though, survival rates may be higher but so are complications and recovery – in addition, it would be a pretty safe bet that alcohol was a contributing factor in most of those brain injuries where it was of “help”.

Scientists have several theories on this effect of alcohol, but I also have one they didn’t address. Ever notice how the drunk in an accident seems to be the one that survives? My thought is that they don’t go through the stress and trauma that sober people do in severe accidents avoiding both emotional and medical shock… they do not have fear or a sense of their own mortality. They are simply too drunk to die.

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TDA Observation: Drunks and Tire Events

September 12, 2009

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If you are a recovering addict/alcoholic or have a relationship with an addict/alcoholic (work, family, and friend)- then you probably already know this. A practicing alcoholic will have a tire event at least once a month; whether it be a flat, blowout, missing spare, or asking for money to replace said problem. It’s not as if the tire gods are jealous of the bacchanalian worshippers, but instead a combination of two very obvious factors.

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Defining Moments

September 11, 2009

BBC reporter Jonathan Charles says he was kept hidden for almost two decades and forced to bear children or at least that what it sounds like! Surely this man is a professional journalist and probably very good at his job, but for hundreds of thousands that watched this viral video he will be the BBC blooper of the year. I have no doubt this would not be the moment Mr. Charles would have chosen to define his life’s work and character… but it could be much worse.

When alcohol is involved, it is almost always much worse.

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DUI Home Invasion

September 7, 2009

Click here to see the photo gallery of the DUI Home Invasion at linked from The Discovering Alcoholic

A DUI driver in Suffolk County NY must have been approaching 100 mph as he missed a turn, hit a berm, and launched his Jeep into the second story of a house. Thankfully no one was seriously injured even though the owner of the house was home and asleep at the time and the jeep actually crashed twice- once into the house, and then a second time as it fell through to the first story foyer.

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Your Brain Must Be This Old to Ride

June 7, 2009

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Drinking onset at 16 and younger, versus 21 and older, appears to double the likelihood of alcohol-related driving or unintentional injuries, as well as the risk for alcohol dependence or abuse, the investigators report. ~ Reauters

Like a kid being denied entrance to a carnival ride because of the minimum height requirement, I know the age limit for drinking must seem arbitrary and unfair to underage would-be imbibers. Lines have to be drawn somewhere though, and considering the much greater chance for accidents and abuse for those that begin drinking early I have no problem whatsoever supporting the minimum age limit of 21.

I don’t care how smart, responsible, or mature you are, your brain must be 21 to get on this ride.

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Alcohol Related Death?

May 11, 2009

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In Los Angeles, a car smashes through the front of a liquor store and kills one and injures two.

Cruz says detectives are investigating what caused the crash in the city south of Los Angeles but have determined alcohol was not a factor. ~ Fox News

With alcohol ruled out as a contributing factor my first thought about this “alcohol related” death was “what are the odds?” If not taken rhetorical the answer is actually heartening, back in the seventies the odds were 2 out of 3 that a traffic fatality was alcohol related- now it’s closer to 1 out of 3. Still too much, but it is substantial progress.

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