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UW Health helps form coalition to fight drinking

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A group of health care providers is forming a coalition to push for new laws to fight alcohol abuse.

  The All-Wisconsin Alcohol Risk Education coalition wants legislation to curb drunken driving and underage drinking and to force insurers to cover injuries caused by drunken driving.

  UW Health planned to announce members of the coalition Tuesday afternoon at the state Capitol.

  UW Health spokeswoman Lisa Brunette says discussions about a coalition were already under way, but recent newspaper articles by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel helped move the project along.

  Gannett Wisconsin Media did a similar series on drinking in July.

  UW Health is the University of Wisconsin-Madison's academic health system.

  Leaders say the coalition will include law enforcement, school groups and anti-drinking advocates, as well as other health care organizations.

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