A recovering alcoholic explains why dry county alcohol-related crash rates are higher than in wet counties.
Dear Dr. Hanson:
Just a note. Thank you for writing the article noting the effect of dry counties on alcohol-related traffic accidents. (Dry Counties Have Higher DWI Fatality Rates.)
Of course they do – an alkie HAS TO DRINK. And if that means having to drive a long distance home after drinking in a wet county, so be it. A classic case of back-firing legislation.
Believe me, Dr. Hanson. Dry county legislation has NEVER caused a serious drinker to reduce his consumption of alcohol. On the contrary, he just has to drive farther to drink or stock up on his home supply.
Unfortunately there’s a religious element involved that can be difficult to argue with. But the facts as you wrote them just might penetrate.
Regards, and most sincere thanks,
Dry County Alcohol-Related Traffic Crashes
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