Navigation Links
Drunk Driving-Related Deaths Surge During the Holidays
Date:12/14/2011

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14 (HealthDay News) -- During the holidays, alcohol-related car accidents claim more lives than at any other time of the year, according to U.S. government experts.

The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports that 40 percent of traffic-related deaths during Christmas and New Year's involve drunk drivers -- a 12 percent increase over the rest of the month of December.

Facing these troubling statistics, the NIAAA issued a warning that more awareness is needed on the effects of alcohol on the body, and how long alcohol can remain in a person's system. The agency offered the following information on the effects of alcohol to clear up some common misconceptions:

  • Alcohol acts quickly. Alcohol interferes with people's coordination, driving skills and judgment well before physical signs of drunkenness appear. The NIAAA pointed out that people should not be deceived by the initial surge in excitement or energy alcohol might trigger. Continued alcohol consumption can prolong reaction time and can cause people to lose control and become aggressive, making driving safely much more difficult.
  • Alcohol's effects last. Alcohol continues to enter the bloodstream and affect the brain and body for hours after consumption. Driving late at night compounds the sedative effects of alcohol because people are naturally more tired at night. Driving abilities may continue to be impaired the morning after a night of drinking.
  • Coffee doesn't help. Caffeine does not help reduce the effects of alcohol on people's coordination or ability to make good decisions. Only time will allow the body to metabolize or break down alcohol and return to normal.

The NIAAA concluded that people should not have more than one alcoholic drink per hour and every other drink should be a nonalcoholic one.

The experts suggest that people attending parties should consider the devastating effects a fatal crash could have and designate a driver who has not consumed any alcohol.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has more about alcohol-related traffic deaths.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, news release, Dec. 5, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. More Young Women Driving Drunk
2. 1 in 5 College Students Admitted to Drunk Driving, Study Found
3. People who suppress anger are more likely to become violent when drunk
4. Why drunk drivers may get behind the wheel
5. 40 Million in U.S. Driving Drunk or Drugged
6. One in 12 Fans Leaves Major Sports Events Drunk: Study
7. Research study reveals profile for female drunk-drivers
8. Labor Day Drunk Driving Crackdown Planned
9. Drunk behavior -- a question of immunity
10. Drunk Driving Declines in U.S.
11. Drunkorexia: A recipe for disaster
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Drunk Driving-Related Deaths Surge During the Holidays
(Date:2/17/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 17, 2017 , ... ... (ISTS) brings its educational assistance management solution to the exhibit floor for the ... in Orlando, Fla. , From Feb. 19–23, 2017, more than 40,000 healthcare ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 17, 2017 , ... ... at the HIMSS17 Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., February 19-23. Visitors to ... of the most widely used electronic patient signatures solution in healthcare . ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... 17, 2017 , ... Cancer diagnostics workflow solution provider Inspirata, ... – 22 in San Francisco. As part of the Tri-Conference expo, which is ... solution, as well as its new precision medicine platform, “Crosswalk Insight: Oncology™.” , ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... New York (PRWEB) , ... February 17, 2017 ... ... and determination. After what took over 10 years of research, development and clinical ... NTX Technology™. NTX Technology™ is a patented compound of FDA approved ingredients that ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... ... 16, 2017 , ... Doctors on Liens is proud to ... network through his work at BKP Chiropractic in Lancaster . After ... from Canada’s prestigious International Baccalaureate Program, Dr. Raj went on to open successful ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/16/2017)... BOULDER, Colo. , Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... enterprise mobility solutions for the healthcare, retail, manufacturing ... independent research on the performance and symbology support ... smartphone with a dual-mode camera/barcode scanner. The study, ... in comparing the PIVOT:SC to two phones with ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... and TEL AVIV, Israel , ... interventional cardiology device company, today announced the appointment ... and past Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ... of Executive Chairman of Medinol US Inc., effective ... management in the areas of business development, global ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... OTTO Health LLC , the integrated care ... Frankel will speak at the 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference ... in Orlando, Fla. Mr. Frankel will ... Tool for Network Management " during Tuesday,s HX360 Innovation Leaders ... Annual Conference & Exhibition brings together more than 40,000 health ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: