Study: Midwesterners most likely to drive drunk


A new study shows that people in the Midwest are the most likely to drive drunk.

The study conducted by Alcoholic.org surveyed 2,000 U.S. residents, asking them to be honest about their drinking and driving habits.

Here are some of the findings:

  • Nearly 37 percent of people surveyed admitted to drinking and driving at some point.
  • The Midwest had the highest proportion (41.6 percent) of admitted drunk drivers, with the majority being Gen Xers between 35 and 51.
  • People aged 70 or older were the least likely, at 27 percent.
  • Men were significantly more prone to drinking and driving; 45 percent of men, and 35 percent of women admitted to drunk driving.
  • Baby Boomers, ages 52 to 69 were most likely to drink and drive, with 77 percent admitting it.

Weekly drinking habits:

Almost 53 percent of people who reported drunk driving on at least one occasion consume between one and four alcoholic beverages per week. The prevalence goes down from there but then escalates for those who drink over 16 beverages per week.

They say the survey results indicate a pattern for this, with nearly 86 percent of our respondents who said they drink more than 16 alcoholic beverages a week also admitting to drunk driving.

"Good" drunk driving:

Nearly 32 percent of respondents aged 18 to 34 said they believe there are people who are good at drunk driving.

In 2014, almost 60 percent of full-time college students aged 18 to 22 said they consumed alcohol in the past month, nearly 38 percent participated in binge drinking in the past month, and over 12 percent reported heavy drinking (consuming at least five drinks in one session on five or more occasions per month) in the past month. 

In 2014, passengers riding with a driver who had a BAC of 0.08 or higher made up 15 percent of all fatalities caused by alcohol-related crashes, while occupants of other vehicles and pedestrians/bicyclists composed 20 percent of drunk driving deaths.


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