ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 31, 1985
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(Studio) New Year's Eve tradition of drinking alcoholic beverages noted. Drinking trends over last several years cited on screen. National Safety Council projections with regard to fatal accidents related to alcohol over New Year's holiday stated. Report introduced with regard to changes in American drinking habits.
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld
(Los Angeles, California) Details given with regard to apparent decrease in drinking among Americans [WOMAN - comments.] Shift toward beer and wine rather than hard liquor drinks noted, accord to Stratton's Grill in Los Angeles. [Bar manager Mary STRATTON - comments.] Incr. in sales of carbonated water stated; figs. shown on screen. [Wendy CLARK - comments.] Research into alcoholism on pigs at University of California-Davis reported [Researcher Dr. Charles HALSTED - comments.] Health reasons and legal ramifications stated as reasons for decrease in alcohol consumption. Police action and publicity campaigns against drunk driving noted, include television commercials in New Hampshire. TV commercial shown. [Bartender Tricia PARKS - comments.] [Alcohol Research Group spokesperson Robin ROOM - notes growing awareness in soc. of problems from drinking.]
REPORTER: Gary Shepard
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