Driving while intoxicated is discussed as a problem similar to others faced by social workers in health care and related services. It is suggested that a systems approach as used by the Alcohol Safety Action Project (ASAP) can be applied to such social problems as alcoholism, child abuse, and juvenile delinquency. These problems all involve clients who have difficulty recognizing and accepting their problems and judging the extent to which their behavior is tolerable. These individuals would benefit from early identification of problems, from prevention, from better coordination among ASAP system components, and from the support and legitimization that would result from a stronger role of the judicial system. The ASAP, developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, contains five primary components: enforcement of laws on drunk driving, judicial discretion in handling the arrested, comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation programs, the dissemination of information on drunk driving to the public, and evaluation. The basic thrust of ASAP is to reduce drinking and driving rather than to focus on abstinence as a treatment goal. The program is directed towards drivers with a wide range of drinking problems.

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    National Association of Social Workers

    Publications Department, 2 Park Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10016
  • Authors:
    • Saunders, D N
  • Publication Date: 1979-11

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 84-106
  • Serial:
    • Health & Social Work
    • Volume: 4
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: National Association of Social Workers
    • ISSN: 0360-7283

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00382553
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-029 031
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 30 1984 12:00AM