|Ralph Hingson, Sc.D
Director, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Ralph Hingson, Sc.D. is Director in the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. For over 20 years he has worked as a researcher and public policy advocate to reduce alcohol misuse and the resulting toll on unintentional injury and fatalities. His landmark work contributed to making it illegal for persons under 21 to drive after drinking, lowering the allowable blood alcohol limit for adult drivers to .08 percent and setting even lower limits for drivers convicted of operating under the influence. These policies have led to hundreds of lives saved each year.
Dr. Hingson’s project builds on his ability to apply rigorous research as an essential tool in social change. He will link community youth workers with primary care and alcohol treatment resources.