digital stories and photographs

Project: Women and Alcohol

Part One: Night on the Bridge Part Two: Crossing the Line Part Three: In the Name of the Law Resources


When alcohol calls the shots

Two lives collided on the Neponset River Bridge in Quincy, MA. The crash severed a motorcyclist’s leg and changed two people forever. The uncommon events of this story, including an extraordinary roadside rescue, are riveting in themselves. But the head-on collision is painful evidence of an increasingly common trend. A woman got drunk. Then she drove.

Since 1999, while the number of men arrested for drunken driving has continued to fall, the number of women caught has soared 42 percent nationally and 30 percent in Massachusetts. About 5.3 million American women abuse or are addicted to alcohol. This report tells the story of the Neponset River Bridge crash, and why so many women are driven to drink.

Read and Watch Individual Chapters of this Emmy-Nominated Project

1 NIGHT ON THE BRIDGE videos |  text
2 CROSSING THE LINE videos |  text
3 IN THE NAME OF THE LAW videos |  text