From the April 1974 magazine.

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Alcohol and D.C. Deaths

Dr. James L. Luke, chief medical examiner of the District of Columbia, [said,] "Significant intoxication at death exists in approximately 50% of adult victims of homicide and accidents and in some one-third of suicides. In addition, a substantial and probably similar percentage of intoxication exists among perpetrators of fatal violence."

His city, Dr. Luke said, is not an isolated situation. The "universal solvent" for that most fragile and precious of human attributes, common sense, takes its toll daily in every major metropolitan area.

-- Dorsey Woodson

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