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Covering alcohol and drinking responsibly

Deaths related to alcohol – about 88,000 a year – exceed overdose deaths from all other drugs combined, including opioids. But news organizations almost never cover alcohol as a public health epidemic on the scale of that seen with opioids or gun violence.

Alcohol is often perceived as an “acceptable” drug in U.S. society, and journalists are complicit in maintaining that dangerous perception as well as many other misconceptions about the drug.

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