CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 12, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(NYC) Econ. and soc. impact of alcoholism on nation examined; films shown. [ALCOHOLICS - describe their drinking patterns.] [Dr. Joseph PURSCH - notes hourly rate of national drinking bill.] Estimated total cost of alcohol in US, in terms of medical bills, insurance rates, lost productivity, accidents, outlined on screen, discussed. [Psychologist Stephanie BROWN - notes pervasiveness of alcoholism.] New York state restaurant association's efforts to train bartenders on denying drinks to inebriated customers due to legal liability discussed. Impact of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) on states' crackdown graphed on screen. ["Will America Sober Up?" author Alan LUKS - cites number middle class alcoholics forced into treatment by new laws.] Various consequences in specific states for drunk drivers mentioned. Pursch recalled treating Betty Ford. [PURSCH - cites need to change attitudes about drinking.] [ALCOHOLIC - notes unfairness of some being able to drink and others not.]
REPORTER: Susan Spencer
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