Liquor stories linked to child injuries

Sept. 12, 2008 at 9:26 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A U.S. study suggests the number of stores selling alcohol in a neighborhood is linked to a greater risk of child injuries.

Bridget Freisthler, assistant professor of social welfare at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, said data from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation's Prevention Research Center suggest that the density of liquor stores and markets may contribute to increased drinking by parents at home, which can affect their ability to effectively monitor their children, the university said Thursday in a release.

"This is just one in a series of studies showing how important alcohol-outlet density is for health, safety and welfare," Freisthler said.

The findings will be published in November in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

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