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,
Resources: Dry County Alcohol-Related Traffic Crashes
- Dry Counties: Prohibition Counties in the US Today.
- Geography of Alcohol and Drinking.
- Dry Counties Have Higher DWI Fatality Rates.
- The Geography of American Binge Drinking.
- From Genes to Geography. The Cutting Edge of Alcohol Research.
- The Geography of Heavy Drinking, Mapped.
- Distilled Geography. Europe’s Alcohol Belts.
Books & Articles
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Geography of Alcohol
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Lipton, R., and Gruenewald, P. The spatial dynamics of violence and alcohol outlets. J Stud Alco. 2002, 63(2), 187-195.
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Valentine, G. et al. Drinking Places. Social Geographies of Consumption. York, UK: Rowntree Found., 2007.
Wieczorek, W. Using geographic information systems. In: Wilson, R., and Dufour, M., eds. Alcohol Problems in Small Geographic Areas. Collingdale. PA: DIANE, 2003, pp. 137-162.