April is Alcohol Awareness Month:

Alcohol Facts You’ll Never Hear from Big Booze

• The alcoholic-beverage industry relies on heavy and addicted drinking for the

largest share of its profits. Hazardous drinking (5 or more drinks at one sitting)

accounts for more than half of the alcohol industry’s $155 billion market, and

more than 75% of the beer industry’s market.1

• Underage alcohol use is more likely to kill young people than all illegal drugs

combined.2 More than 1,700 college students in the U.S. are killed each year—

about 4.65 a day—as a result of alcohol-related injuries.3

• Underage drinking spawns the future heavy and addicted drinking on which the

industry depends for most of its sales. People who begin drinking before age 15

are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence at some time in their

lives compared with those who have their first drink at age 20 or older.4

• Nearly 14 million Americans – one in every 13 adults -- abuse alcohol or are

alcoholic.5 Fewer than 25% of those who need treatment get it in a given year.

• Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are the leading preventable cause of

birth defects in the U.S., affecting as many as 40,000 babies per year and costing

upwards of $5.4 billion per year.6

• Some 75 percent of husbands or wives who abuse their spouses have been

drinking prior to or at the time of the abuse.

• Health risks of drinking include increased incidence of cancers of the liver,

esophagus, throat, and larynx (voice box), as well as liver cirrhosis, immune

system problems, brain damage, and heart problems.

• To avoid health risks associated with alcohol, the U.S. Department of Health and

Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) advise

those who drink to do so in moderation – defined as consuming no more than

one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men.

• Alcohol is implicated in the deaths of some 85,000 Americans every year, making

it the nation's third leading cause of preventable death after smoking and obesity.

• Drunk driving accounts for about 16,000 alcohol-related deaths per year, only

about 25% of all alcohol-related deaths. One-quarter of all emergency room

admissions, one-third of all suicides, and more than half of all homicides and

incidents of domestic violence are alcohol-related.

• Alcohol-related problems cost the U.S. economy an estimated $185 billion per

year in lost productivity and earnings due to alcohol-related illness, premature

death, and crime.

• Television ads for alcohol products outnumber “responsibility” messages by 32 to

one. From 2001 to 2003 the industry spent $2.5 billion on television product

advertising, and only $27 million on “responsibility” programs.7

• The number of distilled spirits ads on cable networks grew 5,687% between 2001

and 2004, from 645 to 37,328. Distilled spirits spending on cable network

advertising grew 3,392%, from $1.5 million to $53.6 million in that period. The

number of cable network alcohol ads that exceeded the industry’s 30% underage

audience threshold nearly doubled to 18,027 in 2004, up from 9,235 in 2001.8

• The alcoholic-beverage industry so far contributed nearly $4 million to federal

candidates and parties in the 2006 election cycle alone.9 Contributions from the

National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) account for nearly 40% of this

amount. In the 2005-2006 election cycle, the NBWA’s political action committee

(PAC) is the second largest of all PACs, next to the National Association of


• More than half (260) of the U.S. House of Representatives members seeking reelection

in the 2006 campaign cycle took contributions from the NBWA (nearly

20% of recipients took $10,000 or more).

April, 2006


1 Rogers, J. & Greenfield, T. Beer drinking accounts for most of the hazardous alcohol consumption

reported in the United States. Journal of Studies on Alcohol 60(6): 732-739. 1999. Greenfield, T.

Consumption and risk patterns: Who buys and who pays? Paper presented at the Winter School US market.

Impact.26 (14/15): 7-8, July 15/August 1, 1996. Themba, M. in the Sun, Brisbane, Australia, July 1-4, 1996

(available from the Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute, 1000 Hearst Ave., Suite 300,

Berkeley, CA 94709).

2 Grunbaum, J.A.; Kann, L.; Kinchen, S.A.; et al. Youth risk behavior surveillance: United States, 2001.

MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 51(SS0 4): 1–62, 2002. (6) Young, S.E.; Corley, R.P.;

Stallings, M.C.; et al. Substance use, abuse and dependence in adolescence: Prevalence, symptom profiles

and correlates. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 68(3):309–322, 2002.

3 Magnitude of Alcohol-Related Mortality and Morbidity Among U.S. College Students Ages 18-24:

Changes from 1998 to 2001; Ralph Hingson, Timothy Heeren, Michael Winter, Henry Wechsler; Annual

Review of Public Health, April 2005, Vol. 26: pp. 259-279.

4 Grant, B.F., and Dawson, D.A. Age of onset of alcohol use and its association with DSM–IV alcohol

abuse and dependence: Results from the National Longitudinal Alcohol Epidemiologic Survey. Journal of

Substance Abuse 9:103–110, 1997.

5 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Strategic Plan 2001-2005.

6 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

Administration (SAMHSA) FASD Center for Excellence, 2003.

7 Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth. “Alcohol Industry Responsibility Advertising on Television,

2001 to 2003.” (2005)

8 “Alcohol Advertising on Television, 2001-2004: The Move to Cable,” Center on Alcohol Marketing and

Youth (December, 2005).

9 OpenSecrets.org (http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/contrib.asp?Ind=N0

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Author's Bio: 

Curriculum Vitae of Tuchy Palmieri
• University of Bridgeport -- BS Marketing
• Post graduate courses at NYU
• Countless self study courses in health, religion, spirituality, self help, and personal growth.
• Attended motivational and spiritual workshops from Tony Robbins, , Werner Erhard, Justin Sterling, Zig Zigler, Wayne Dyer, M. Scott Peck, Deepak Chopra Carolyn Myss, Barbra Brennan, and others
• Training seminars The Sedona method, the Silva method, Neuro-linguistic Programming, Dale Carnegie‘s basic and leadership courses.—
• Health and healing workshops -The Way to health at The Kushi Institute (Macrobiotic cooking method), Living lite (raw food course with meal preparation) Perfect Health at The Chopra Center (included Ayurvedic food preparation)
• Completed numerous readings and listening to audio tapes of programs from people such as Dennis Waitley, Norman Vincent Peale, Steve Covey, Thich Nhat Hanh, John Gray, Brian Tracy, Sam Shoemaker, And Og Mandino, Tony Robbins, Wayne Dyer, Scott Peck, Werner Erhard, Emmet Fox, and others

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• Certified Catholic Minister of the word having completed the two year Daystar Program, concluded in a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
• Founded, operated, sold, and then retired from a corporation in the computer sales and service, which employed 38 people in inner city.
1) Winner of highest award for achievement at the Dale Carnegie courses.
2) Conducted as retreat leader religion/spiritual 12 step orientation weekends.
3) Recipient of the Governor’s Award for Connecticut inner city Entrepreneurship.
• Upon Retirement, founded Healing-Habits a firm dedicated to helping people through the written and spoken word.
• Published and/or written 25 books in the genres of inspiration, motivation, spirituality, health, and religion
• A regular contributor to the AuthorsDen, under the Pen name Tuchy Palmieri consisting of Short stories, poetry and articles.
• Workshop leader on Goal setting/achievement, relationships, effective listening and relationships
• 40 years experience leading discussion meetings, seminars and workshops
• Mentored, ministered and sponsored numerous cross addicted people in recovery.
• Featured in a number of magazines, newspapers, and talk shows
• A regular participant in the Author’s roundtable in Borders, and a guest on numerous spiritual and talk radio programs

• 26 years as a leader and member of the local Sterling Institute of Relationship men’s team
• 25 years in 12 step programs related to relationships, food addictions, & substance abuse
• Annual participant in Matt Talbot and/or religious retreats at Holy Family Retreat house
• SIA - Self Improvement Association
• Member of the Better Business Bureau