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Drinking of alcoholic beverages has become a commonly accepted lifestyle throughout most of the world. In the United States, 71 percent of the adults have identified themselves as drinkers and, since 1935, per capita consumption has increased 110 percent for beer, 347 percent for wine, and 183 percent for distilled spirits. This drinking lifestyle has long been recognized for its tragic contribution to highway deaths and related injuries and property damage. Government at all levels, private organizations, and concerned citizen groups are spending millions of dollars on various drinking-driver programs, yet statistics continue to indicate that, overall, one-half of highway fatalities in the United States are related to alcohol.

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