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Drunk Pasadena driver kills motorcyclist on the New Year’s Day
Drinking is so inherent in the contemporary American culture that it has become more socially acceptable in the country than the rest of the popular drugs, such as tobacco or marijuana. Even in Los Angeles County, excessive alcohol consumption is associated with a growing number of premature deaths and disability, causing, apart from intentional and unintentional injuries, sexually transmitted diseases and cardiovascular diseases, etc.
Recently, during the wee hours of Jan. 1, 2017, a man was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, claiming the life of a motorcyclist. Shawn Antonio, 42, of Pasadena, was taken into custody from the intersection of Fair Oaks Avenue and Washington Boulevard, when his vehicle collided with the motorcycle of the victim, a 57-year old man from Altadena.
The motorcyclist was immediately rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his fatal injuries. Antonio has been booked on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI.
Alcohol menace in Los Angeles County
According to the 2011 report by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, ” Each year, 2,500 people in the county die from alcohol-related cases, with the loss of approximately 78,000 years of potential life.” Moreover, excessive consumption of alcohol leaves a huge strain on the state coffers, costing the county an estimated $10.8 billion annually.
Such high rates of alcohol consumption can be attributed to the high density of alcohol outlets in the county. In the recent years, binge and heavy drinking have led to serious calamities such as road rage, motor vehicle crashes, fatal injuries, suicides, violent crimes, etc.
Research indicates that alcohol-related problems affect all sections of the society in one way or the other. Although the level of heavy drinking is much higher among the whites living in Los Angeles, more Hispanics are now succumbing to alcohol-related liver diseases. Further, underage alcoholics in the county form a high-risk group involved in risky patterns of drinking, due to the easy availability of alcohol outlets within a stone’s throw from their residence.
Curbing alcoholism statewide
In the whole of California, the authority to regulate laws that determine alcohol access and availability is primarily in the hands of the state. The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) governs the regulation and licensing of the manufacture, sales and import of alcoholic beverages.
Some of the key strategies available for lawmakers statewide to curb alcoholism are:
- Taking actions to limit alcohol outlet density
- Levying higher taxes on alcoholic beverages
- Restricting alcohol availability to underage drinkers
- Banning alcohol-related advertisements in public spaces
- Creating awareness about the hazards of alcohol
- Increasing screening facilities for alcohol use and misuse
Ensuring adequate access to the treatment of mental health and addiction
Treatment for alcoholism
If you or your loved one is battling addiction to alcohol, or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Pasadena Drug Treatment Rehab Center can help you get the best addiction treatment programs that can bail you out from your drinking problems. You may chat online with our treatment counselors or call at our 24/7 helpline number 626-788-9844 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.