From the January 1971 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Drinking, Driving, and Mathematics

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.--An expert in the study of alcohol and its effects has rejected as "unrealistic" the admonition ",If you drink, don't drive." Dr. Leon Green-berg, executive director of laboratory research, at the Rutgers Center of Alcohol. Studies, said he had found the caveat an empty one. He says it calls for "partial prohibition" and evades the basic problem. "A more realistic approach is to educate people by providing guidelines about what is appropriate and inappropriate drinking if a person is going to drive."

Dr. Greenberg has produced what he calls his Alco-Calculator. It is a simplified slide-rule type of device that can slip easily into the pocket or into the glove compartment, and by putting with it a few simple statistics, Dr. Greenberg explained, the device tells the driver whether he should proceed behind the wheel or give his car keys to the bartender or to his wife. A rapid calculation on the basis of body weight, the number of drinks, and the drinking time is run up on the Alco-Calculator.

-- Richard J.H. Johnston

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