State of Intoxication
By Kyle Hopkins and Marc Lester
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Despite progress, an uncertain future - Alaska has become a leader in preventing and diagnosing fetal alcohol syndrome, thanks in no small part to an unprecedented $29 million federal earmark. But policymakers, health care providers and educators here also have failed to take certain common-sense steps to fight the disability.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: What you don’t know about drinking and pregnancy - Heavy drinking by a pregnant mother, even just a party or two, can do lifelong damage to an unborn baby when the embryo is no larger than the period at the end of this sentence. Hard-drinking Alaska is particularly at risk.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: Four families seek to confront and understand - Serenity, Elaine, Jacob and Elijah share a single truth: Their disability was preventable, and it will influence every aspect of their lives for as long as they live.
Bootlegging: Barrow police crack down - With the nearest liquor store 300 miles away, police expect trouble when the city is flush with cash.
Public intoxication: How Nome built a safety net - So many people died outdoors or vanished in Nome that the FBI once searched for signs of a serial killer and Hollywood made a movie blaming alien abductions. In truth, many people simply succumbed to a deadly mix of alcohol and bitter cold.
Local option laws: Shismaref votes on prohibition - The Inupiat village is the latest Alaska town to face a thorny, high-stakes choice. Voters are expected decide in a city election Tuesday whether to lift a 30-year-old ban on alcohol.
Bar break: Mayhem begins at closing time - It's a side of Anchorage most residents never see -- just before and after 3 a.m., when the bars close and hundreds of under-the-influence people pour onto downtown streets.
Drunken driving: The crash that Citari Townes-Sweatt - Drunken driving is one of Alaska’s most common major crimes – an equal opportunity life-sinker that leads to the arrest of 4,000 people every year. For one family, the tragedy began with a knock at the door.