WASHINGTON, June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
THURSDAY, JUNE 10: AA AT 75
Profile America — Thursday, June 10th. It was on this date 75 years ago that Dr. Robert Smith of Akron, Ohio, first went an entire day without having a drink. That event is considered the beginning of Alcoholics Anonymous, founded by Smith and New York stockbroker William Wilson. In the years since, AA has helped millions of people and now has some 2 million members around the world. In the U.S., more than 721,000 people are treated for alcoholism each year, while alcohol is involved in a third of fatal traffic accidents. Each year, Americans drink an average of some 22 gallons of beer, 2-1/2 gallons of wine and nearly a gallon and a half of distilled spirits. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 316
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 201, 210, 1073
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau