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Associations between Alcohol Policies and Motor Vehicle Crashes Among Youth

Researchers used the Alcohol Policy Scale (APS) to measure the relationship between states' alcohol policy and alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes (MVC) fatalities among children, adolescents, and young adults. Analyses revealed that areas with stricter alcohol policy environments had fewer MVC fatalities. The relationship was present across all studied populations. Additional studies are needed to investigate the association between alcohol policies and fatalities to further demonstrate the mechanisms involved.

The study “Alcohol Policies and Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Crash Fatalities Among Young People in the US,” is published in Pediatrics. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse supported this research effort.

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