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USA: The High Cost Of Treating Alcohol-Impaired Drivers

Donnerstag 8. Oktober 2009 von htm

The costs of drinking and driving are all too apparent, with alcohol involved in 41 percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities in 2006. In addition to the mortality and morbidity associated with drinking and driving, the economic impact of alcohol impaired driving is considerable, estimated at $51 billion, with medical costs accounting for 15 percent of that figure. Now a new study from the Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island Hospital has found that even minimally injured alcohol-impaired drivers account for higher emergency department (ED) costs than other drivers. (Source: Medical News Today, 10/7/09)

Kategorie: Allgemein, Driving under the Influence, Global, Publications, Research, Statistics, Treatment | Keine Kommentare »

Editorial: Tax Soda to Produce Health

Freitag 25. September 2009 von htm

„A series of academic studies have drawn a clear line between the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and a host of unhealthy outcomes: obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Medical costs for obesity and excessive weight alone are estimated to be about $147 billion — and half of those costs are paid for through Medicare and Medicaid. It’s no stretch to say that soda drinking affects us all.“ (Source: Harvard World Health News, 9/25/09) San Francisco Chronicle, 9/21/09 Comment: taxing alcohol would compensate health costs as well, but the tax should be high enough in order to reduce consumption.

Kategorie: Alcohol taxes, Allgemein, Global, Health, Other Drugs, Politics, Prevention, Statistics | Keine Kommentare »

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