Alright, I apologize in advance but I feel the need to bring attention to something that has always bothered me.
As a woman, beer, tequila, and wine lover, I have seen this Surgeon General warning many times, noticing that it is the first listed on any bottle, can, or box that contains alcohol, and more often than not is posted in plain view in any establishment that serves alcohol.
While Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a problem that affects upwards of 40,000 births per year, it is nothing compared to the amount of accidents and deaths caused by driving under the influence. According to the CDC, 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence, and of those nearly 10,000 people were killed. Every 53 minutes, someone dies because of consuming alcohol and then deciding to get behind the wheel.
My problem is that instead of posting signs to discourage drinking and driving, which is much more deadly and is a larger problem than pregnant women drinking, the Surgeon General and most bars and restaurants have decided to emphasize that pregnant women are the biggest risk to the population, earning them the first and most prominent warning against alcohol.
Please share if you think that the priorities of the Surgeon General and liquor authorities are skewed, and to encourage them to do more to increase prominent warnings against drunk driving. The way the warnings are listed on liquor containers now puts the warning against drunk driving as the secondary reason to drink responsibly, listed after the warning telling pregnant women not to drink to decrease harm to the fetus.
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