Candy Lightner Essay

The Problem that Created MADDMADD started with the purpose of decreasing drunken driving traffic casualties by informing the United States about the destruction produced by drunk drivers. MADD’s Public relations campaigns changed the United States outlook on drunk driving, leading to a decreased number of drunken driving deaths. MADD was so effective that it attained its objective and decreased alcohol connected deaths by twenty percent ratio in 1997 (Activists Facts, 2014). MADD then changed its focus from “Don’t drive drunk” to “Don’t drink and drive” (Activists Facts, 2014), which hypothetically made the “habitual drinking driver” a problem (individuals who every so often drink with a meal but are not intoxicated or impaired). According to Washington times founder Candy Lightner has broken ties with the group, and in 2002 released astatement to the Washington Timessaying “MADD has become far more neo-prohibitionist than I had ever wanted or envisioned (Activists Facts, 2014) “I didn’t start MADD to deal with alcohol. I started MADD to deal with the issue of drunk driving” (Activists Facts, 2014).How the Problem was identified as a Social ProblemAccording to the author alcohol is the problem, not essentially the substance. Abuse of alcohol is a forerunner to domestic violence, suicide, murder, drunk driving, assaults, and severalother crimes that are all social problems that can be a caused as a result of alcohol abuse. MADD or any other organization committed to informing the public will talk about the emotional, social and economic toll alcoholism has had on society. Health issues produced by alcohol abuse are: Depression, heart disease, and liver disease. These health issues have

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