By Eric Newhouse
Winner of the 2002 self sustaining Publishers booklet Award.
Alcohol: Cradle to Grave contains the newspaper sequence that introduced Montana journalist Eric Newhouse to the eye of Pulitzer Prize jurors. a radical and revealing account of the way alcohol classes throughout the way of life and traditions of significant Falls, Montana, Alcohol: Cradle to Grave chronicles the standard influence of America's preferred drug of selection. Newhouse methodically tallies the societal expenditures of alcohol abuse in a single group. His calculations are astonishing, together with hundreds of thousands of bucks each year for legislations enforcement, future health care, foster care, household violence courses, welfare, particular schooling, and corrections.
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Last November, it estimated the cost of alcohol abuse at $148 billion and said governments typically pick up about half the bill for the social, medical, and criminal consequences of excess drinking. Which led me to one further question: What’s the state’s role in all of this? The answer: supportive. Montana makes money on the sale of alcohol, and putting social Band-Aids on the injuries creates state jobs. Over the past decade, the state government has made more than $200 million off the sale of alcohol in Montana.
But that’s self-destructive, and Broderson knows it. “I’d really like to stop drinking,” he said. ” I can see signs of that. He has been prescribed an antidepressant drug, Paxil, which he can’t afford. Sometimes I’ll buy it for him, but I won’t give him the money to pay for it. He has begun working with New Directions, a Great Falls–based component of the Golden Triangle Community Mental Health Center, on an outpatient basis. There doctors promised to work with him if he would promise not to try to take his own life again.
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Alcohol: Cradle to Grave by Eric Newhouse