Second-hand drinking as bad as second-hand smoke

New York: Just like second-hand smoking, society needs to combat the second-hand effects of drinking as millions of people are suffering alcohol’s harm because of someone else’s drinking, warn a study led by an Indian-origin scientist. An analysis of US national survey data showed that some 21 per cent of women and 23 per cent of men — an estimated 53 million adults — experienced harm because of someone else’s drinking in the last 12 months.

These harms could be threats or harassment, ruined property or vandalism, physical aggression, harms related to driving or financial or family problems.

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