Prohibition (1920-1933) went into effect a hundred years ago. It was a failure of a policy, giving rise to organized crime and creating an underground, unregulated market. Since the repeal of the 18th amendment, however, alcohol continues be a social problem. It is the third most preventable cause of death after smoking and diet/exercise. We need more access to alternative forms of treatment and mental health. Abstinence works, but doesn't work for everyone. We need more regulation of the alcohol industry including sales and use taxes. Children and adolescents should not be able to view advertising. I know I sound preachy but this is very personal to me and I hope to see some changes with our drinking culture in the future.
A recent report by the Research Society on Alcoholism has found that number of deaths per year has doubled over the past two decades,
About this blog
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a background in addictions counseling living in Madison, Wisconsin. I created this blog to raise awareness about drinking culture, alcohol outlet density, alcohol policy, alcohol dependence and risks.