How Much Does Alcoholism Contribute to Traffic Fatalities?

*+-It’s a good guess that pretty much everyone knows that drunk drivers are dangerous to themselves and everyone in their environments. Amazingly, this doesn’t stop tens of thousands of people each year from driving off in their cars when they have had too much to drink. A major reason for this is that alcohol not only impairs ones ability to drive safely, it also impairs judgment. So one can very erroneously decide that they are fit to drive. This is why many states mandate electronic locks for the cars of those who have been convicted of DUIs and DWIs. The…

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Marijuana: Far from the Harmless Drug Many Would Make it out to Be

*+-If you believe all the campaigners associated with medical marijuana, cannabis is the most benign of substances. Since it is now legal for people prescribed medical use in sixteen states in the US and has been decriminalized in several other countries, how harmful can it be? What are the Facts in the Matter? A recent analysis of studies finds that when it comes to driving, marijuana use makes it more than twice as likely that a driver will have an accident. This compilation and analysis of risk from marijuana use was recently published in Epidemiologic Review and was cited in…

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