The main plea is that the contemporary "alcohol problem" needs a "co-ordinated approach". The author attempts to identify those aspects which should be included and justifies their inclusion. There are many alcohol problems: social; legal; family; industrial; drinking and driving. They all have distinctive features and overlap to varying degrees. The disease concept of alcoholism, the basis of all treatment, should be re-examined to establish its validity. Legislation appears to have a very important part to play in the growth of alcoholism. The author traces to the present date. The 1961 licensing act, which has led to the widespread availability of alcohol, followed by a permissive public attitude, has caused a dramatic escalation of the "alcohol problem". There is also an increase of alcohol among women, who generally drink at home. Although the effect of the consumption of alcohol on road accidents has been thoroughly researched, little research has been carried out into its effect on industrial efficiency or safety at work. The background of the introduction of the breath test in the road safety act 1967 is discussed. It is proposed that a public body, such as an alcoholic liquor advisory council, should be set up with members from all the interested parties, including the liquor trade. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Christian Economic and Social Research Foundation

    12 Caxton Street
    London,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Brake, G T
  • Publication Date: 1981

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 32 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00342278
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 22 1981 12:00AM