David Hasselhoff Taken to Hospital, Allegedly Drunk

Actor, singer, and judge on America’s Got Talent, David Hasselhoff, was reportedly taken by ambulance to a hospital Sunday. According to TMZ and the Huffington Post, Hasselhoff’s daughter was concerned that he was drinking in excess. This is not “the Hoff’s daughter’s first call for help with her father’s drinking, as many will recall the video she took of a drunk Hasselhoff eating a hamburger on the floor. No further information is available about what happened at the hospital, or whether he was released at this time.

Alcoholism is an important public health issue in the United States because:

  • Approximately 14 million people in the U.S. are addicted to alcohol or abuse alcohol
  • Alcohol is the third leading cause of the preventable deaths in the United States
  • 20% of suicide victims in the United States are alcoholics
  • Most alcoholics seeking treatment in the U.S. are in the 26-34 age group
  • In the U.S., 66% of the population consumes alcohol
  • An alcoholic will negatively impact the lives of 4 or 5 other Americans(such as associates, family, and friends) while under the influence of alcohol
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there were 17,000 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in each of the last three years

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  • In the United States, more than 2 million people per year drive “under the influence”
  • In the U.S., approximately every two minutes, a person is injured in an alcohol-related accident
  • U.S. alcoholism statistics reported that 2.6 million binge drinkers in 2002 were between the ages of 12 and 17

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Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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