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Dear Kemp Chester:
Alcohol abuse is the third highest cause of death in the United States. With about 88,000 Americans that die from alcohol-related causes every year, it can be clearly observed that alcohol addiction continues to be a severe problem in our country. My name is Ambross Tison; A fifteen-year-old high school student that is greatly concerned with and has witnessed the unforgiving effects of alcoholism. To eradicate this dilemma, all Americans suffering from alcoholism should be given easier access to rehabilitation services because it would reduce crimes and incidents under the influence of alcohol and would have a direct improvement for children exposed to parental substance abuse in the home environment.
By giving immediate access to remedy alcoholism, the crimes and incidents because of the influence of alcohol will decrease exponentially. “Researchers have examined the relationship between alcohol, drugs and crime. On average, roughly 40 percent of inmates who are incarcerated for violent offenses were under the influence of alcohol during the time of their crime.” According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), “alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 9,967 deaths in 2014.” That is 31% of overall driving fatalities in the U.S. A significant amount of violent crimes and car accidents are a direct result of alcoholism. By giving the ability to cure this problem, we can immediately decrease the amounts of car accidents and alcohol related crimes in our country.
Alcoholism does not only impact the individual, it impairs the base relationship and bond of a family. As reported by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), “...one in every five adult Americans resided with a relative who abused alcohol in their adolescence. These people have a greater likelihood of having emotional troubles compared to children who grew up in sober homes.” According to U. S. Department of Health and Human Services and SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, “seventy six million American...