STATISTICS CONCERNING ALCOHOL
Some Facts about Alcohol in modern Society
FROM National Transportation Safety Administration(NTSA) TRAFFIC SAFETY FACTS 2009 DATA
- Any fatal crash involving a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher is considered to be an alcohol impaired-driving crash.
- In 2009, 10,839 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. These alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 32 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.
- An average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every 48 minutes in 2009.
- In 2009, a total of 1,314 children age 14 and younger were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those 1,314 fatalities, 181 (14%) occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.
- In fatal crashes in 2009 the highest percentage of drivers with a BAC level of .08 or higher was for drivers ages 21 to 24 (35%), followed by ages 25 to 34 (32%) and 35 to 44 (26%).
- In 2009, the 21 to 24 year-old age group had the highest percentage of drivers in fatal crashes with BAC levels of .08 or higher at 35 percent.
- Drivers with a BAC level of .08 or higher in fatal crashes were eight times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving while impaired (DWI) than were drivers with no alcohol.
- In 2009, 6,685 (56%) of the drivers involved in fatal crashes who had been drinking had a BAC of .15 or greater.
STATISTICS FROM THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL
- 50.9% of adults 18 years of age and over who were current regular drinkers (at last 12 drinks in past year)
- 15,183 deaths from alcohol caused liver disease.
- 24,518 alcohol-induced deaths, excluding accidents and homicides.
MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVERS STATISTICS
- An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before their first arrest.
- This year, 10,839 people will die in drunk driving crashes- one every 50 minutes.
- One in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime.
- One in three 8th graders drinks alcohol.
- Every minute, one person is injured from an alcohol-related crash.
- 50 to 75% of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.
- One in five teens binge drink. Only 1 in 100 parents believes his or her teens bing drinks.
- Teen alcohol use kills about 6000 people each year, more than all illegal drugs combined.
- Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and one out of three of those is alcohol related.
- Kids who start drinking young are seven times more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash.
- Drunk Driving costs each adult in this country almost $500 per year.