Drinking and driving continues to plague the highways of the United States. Binge drinkers add to the danger on those highways during holidays. According to an Alcohol.com survey of over 1,000 Americans, 33 percent of men and 24 percent of women admitted to binge drinking on the 4th of July holiday.
Binge drinking definition: According to Alcohol.com, “binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks for men and four or more drinks for women in a two-hour period.”
How Bad Is It?
American Addiction Centers recently performed a new study on the drinking and driving habits of American citizens. The study involved 600 participants. The survey found some startling facts.
- 36 percent admitted to driving while blackout drunk.
- 10 percent who thought that they were fine to drink and drive had received DUIs.
- 14 percent believed they were fine to drive after 5 to 6 beers, and 10 percent after 5 to 6 glasses of wine.
- Nearly 26 percent said that rideshare companies didn’t make them less likely to drink and drive.
- Almost half of those surveyed admitted that they were a passenger of a drunk driver.
Twenty-nine people die each day in the U.S. from vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. In 2016, a total of 10,874 vehicle fatalities occurred involving drivers with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit. Read more: American Addiction Centers | Crunchbase and American Addiction Centers New Docuseries Unveils The Realities of Recovery
Binge Drinking – A Sign of Addiction
People who are addicted to alcohol often get involved in risky behavior. Drunk driving is definitely a risky behavior! Statistics and surveys show that a large number are in denial about the severity of their drinking.
Binge drinkers should think seriously about whether they have a problem. The American Addiction Centers treat more people for alcohol addiction than any other substance, including opioids.
About American Addiction Centers
American Addiction Centers provide inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment services. In addition to treating individuals who are addicted to alcohol, they provide treatment to those struggling with drug addiction and those who have behavioral issues due to a mental health problem.
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