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Special Assignment (Children and Alcohol) #71250

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 22, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(NYC) Alcoholism among children examined; films shown. [BRUCE - recalls starting to drink in 7th grade.] Age of youthful drinkers noted declining. [SUE - notes good feelings.] Apparent reasons for drinking among children said same as that among adults. [REBECCA GINNY - comment on reasons for drinking, parents' attitudes towards it. (Temporary loss of audio and video.)] Children's denial of potential for alcoholism noted. [GINNY - says she only drinks what she can handle.] [BRIAN - reacts to being an alcoholic.] Results of lowering of drinking age in 1970's recalled. [Former official with Institution of Alcohol Abuse, Patricia O'GORMAN - notes children are dying because of drinking.] Role of alcohol in teenage deaths and injuries last year noted; Michigan's case cited as ex. Details outlined on screen. [TINA, GINNY - say kids still get buyers.] Alan Cole's responsibility for deaths of friends in auto accident while drunk explained; photograph shown. [COLE - comments on accident's aftermath.] Loss of Paul and Rita Deaoun's children Denise and Barry in Cole's accident noted. [Paul DEAOUN - cites problems needing attention]

Robinson, Max

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