There is a startling new trend in drinking and driving in the United States. A survey done by the American Addiction Center was released on July 3, 2019. Just in time for the 4th of July, a time when people tend to over indulge themselves on alcohol.
According to an American Addiction Center’s subsidiary, Alchohol.org, 57 percent of people binge drink on this holiday.
Six Hundred Americans participated in the survey and some of the results were a little more than shocking.
- 300 participants admitted they had been a passenger of a drunk driver.
- 100 of the participants indicated they received DUIs.
- A quarter of the male participants admitted that they drove while drunk.
- A quarter of the participants said ride share apps did not make them less likely to drink and drive.
- 14 percent of the participants believed they were okay to drive after drinking between 1 and 6 beers or glasses of wine.
The CDC claims that nearly 30 people die every day in vehicle crashes involving alcohol impaired drivers.
According to the NHTSA in 2016 there were roughly 11,000 fatalities in motor vehicles involving drivers where their blood alcohol level was above the legal limit. That number increased in 2017 and is expected to increase even higher in 2018. Read more: American Addiction Center Reviews | Glassdoor and American Addiction Centers | Crunchbase
The survey reminds Americans that one of the warning signs of Alcohol Addiction is participating in risky behaviors. Drunk driving is a risky behavior that puts their life and the lives of others around them in immediate danger.
Once a person is above the legal limit, depending on weight and height, it may take roughly six hours for their blood alcohol level to return to normal. Most people who drink and drive do not acknowledge that their drinking is a problem. There are steps a person can take to help someone whom is drunk.
- Get your friend or loved one to Eat Something prevent them from drinking more alcohol.
- If they lay down, have them lay down on their side, in case of vomiting.
- Get them home safe or have them stay the night.
- In the morning talk to them about getting help and call your local addiction center.
The survey conducted by the American Center hopes that it will encourage people to look upon it and reflect about the severity of their drinking or a loved one’s drinking this holiday. It is important for them or you to seek help if needed.
Opioids are also a serious problem in the United States, however alcohol addiction is still the most widely treated condition than any other substance according to the AAC.
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