Navigating Healthcare – Patient Safety and Personal Healthcare Management

Killer Drugs – Tobacco and Alcohol

Posted in Preventative Healthcare by drnic on December 7, 2010

IF you are in any doubt about the profound effects of tobacco and Alcohol read this post and watch the video

http://www.medpagetoday.com/mediaplayer-licensed-viral/player-licensed-viral.swf

Ethyl alcohol kills large numbers of Americans every day (about 200), almost all legally.
Tobacco kills large numbers of Americans every day (about 1,200), almost all legally.

That’s 1,400 people per day – that’s over half a million people per year! For every 10 who drink 1 will become a problem drinker.

So HHS has gone with Scare Tactics for alcohol. Importantly

Scare tactics DO WORK when they are obviously, provably true, like telling a child to not sit on the railroad tracks when a train is coming.
Scare tactics DON’T WORK when they are patently false (think “Reefer Madness”).

So for alcohol take a leaf out fo Australia’s graphic advertising campaign found here
And the Montage of 20 years worth of adverts:

And some of the individual

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