Welcome to the Alcohol Problems and Solutions website. It’s been debunking myths and sharing effective peer-reviewed ways to reduce drinking problems and live healthier. And it’s been doing so for over a quarter century.

The site is educational and written by Dr. David J. Hanson, Professor Emeritus of the State University of New York. It receives no outside support.

Alcohol Problems and Solutions: Online since 1997

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Unintended Results of Drunk Driving: A Surprise!

An unintended results of drunk driving? We all know that drunk driving has many unintended results. There’s the possibility of death (ourselves or others). Of course drunk driving increases the risk of injury. Or getting a citation. That’s both embarrassing and expensive. Let’s say you go to a party nearby… Read more

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Cops Arrested for DUI: Law Enforcement Officers Arrested DUI

Cops arrested for DUI? How many officers are arrested for driving while impaired? No one knows. But Stinson and colleagues identified such officers during a six-year period. There were 782 charges that involved the arrests of 750 officers. They were employed by 511 nonfederal state and local law enforcement agencies.… Read more

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Pick a Rehab: Helpful Suggestions for Selecting a Good One

To pick a rehab is a awesome task. Whether it’s for you or a loved one. The stakes are high.The pressure is great. You want to select a good one. It’s a major choice. The results can be enormous. So how do you pick a rehab? We have concrete suggestions… Read more

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Drink Too Much Alcohol? Helpful, Practical Suggestions

Do you suspect you might drink too much alcohol. Many people do. Here are practical suggestions for either cutting down or quitting. There are also tips for helping loved ones who have a drinking problem. Useful sources of help for alcohol and drinking abuse problems are also given. Drink Too… Read more

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Dominion Alliance: Total Suppression of the Liquor Traffic.

The US had the Anti-Saloon League. And Canada its Dominion Alliance. To be more specific, the Dominion Alliance for the Total Suppression of the Liquor Traffic. The temperance movement began in Canada in the early nineteenth century. It was largely local. And it began in the eastern provinces. The movement… Read more

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Temperance Trivia: Fun Trivia Mostly From the Past

Temperance trivia! It’s fun. Amaze yourself. Then impress your friends and family. Trivia A temperance “scientist” said that inhaling alcohol vapors could lead to defective children. And for three generations.1 Those vapors must be really powerful! A temperance newspaper warned of people who drink alcohol. If they gave birth to… Read more

F.E.W. Harper

F.E.W. Harper: Temperance Advocate

F.E.W. Harper was an author, poet, and public speaker. She wrote and spoke about temperance and abolition. And later she spoke on the right of women to vote. Frances Ella Watkins was born free in Baltimore. It was on September 24, 1825.  She was orphaned by age three. Watkins’ aunt… Read more

Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells: Temperance Advocate (African American)

Ida B. Wells was born in Holly Springs, MS on July 16th, 1862. That was during the the Civil War (1861-1865). She was born enslaved.  Wells saw the link between enslavement by humans and by alcohol. So she promoted the temperance movement. In 1895, Ms. Wells married Ferdinand Lee Barnett. He… Read more

Martin Delany

Martin Delany: Temperance Advocate

Martin Delany was an African American abolitionist and temperance supporter.  Delaney was born in Charles Town, VA (now WV). He was the son an enslaved father and a free mother. That was in 1812. In 1843 he began publishing a newspaper Later, along with Frederick Douglass, they published The North Star.… Read more

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Detecting Intoxication: Difficult Even for Police

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies often assume that they’e good at detecting intoxication. They report that people smelled of alcohol, acted drunk, or sounded intoxicated because of their slurred speech. And such testimony usually persuades juries. However, research does not support officers’ self-reported ability to make such judgments accurately or… Read more

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Alcohol Tolerance May be a Sign of Alcohol Dependence

People sometimes take pride in their ability to “hold their liquor.” Instead they should see their doctor. That’s because alcohol tolerance may be a warning sign Alcohol tolerance refers to a decreased response to the effects of alcohol. This reduced sensitivity requires that higher amounts of alcohol be consumed. That… Read more

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Brain Science of Alcohol Research Findings often Confused

The findings of brain science of alcohol research can often be confusing. They’re also distorted. Many news reports and groups warn us that any consuming alcohol by those under age 21 harms their brains. They tell us that early drinking can Reduce intellectual ability. Harm brain development. Cause learning problems.… Read more

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