January 26th 2002

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Cover Story: The magic of Middle Earth

Editorial: Argentina - from role model to basket case

Al Qaeda network must be destroyed

Policy not structure the problem for National Party

Industry policy behind Celtic Tiger's success

Straws in the Wind: Great Helmsmen: past and present / A tale of two branches

Anti-war protests leave Melbourne cold

Media: When the Left calls for time-out

Letter: Exports and imports

Letter: Alcohol abuse

Trade: APEC’s demise paves the way for China’s free trade pact

United States: Year of the Right?

Japan: a nation in search of a role

History: Roosevelt’s timeless wisdom

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Letter: Alcohol abuse

by Arnold Jago

News Weekly, January 26, 2002


In the "Prohibition" era (1919 to 1933), commercial manufacture of alcoholic beverages - but not personal use - was banned in the USA.

During those years deaths from alcohol-related liver disease fell 66 percent - from 29.5 to 10.1 per 100,000 population. (Dr M. H. Moore, Professor of Criminal Justice, Harvard University, New York Herald Tribune, October 27, 1989)

Arrests for public drunkenness fell 50 percent. Overall consumption fell 50 percent.

When Prohibition was repealed, alcohol consumption jumped 360 percent.

Alcohol now causes 23,000 deaths on American roads annually - and is implicated in over half their murders.

America’s alcohol industry will never again permit a government to introduce Prohibition. Prohibition works too well - arguably the greatest public health success story ever.

Will Australia - having just ended one of its worst years for road deaths - do anything to reduce alcohol availability in pubs, clubs and bottle-shops?

Arnold Jago,
Mildura, Vic

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