Alcohol Statistics in the United States

Alcohol statistics for the US regarding automobile crashes have shown that the percentage of deaths attributable to alcohol impaired drivers has steadily declined over the past two decades. That decline, however, has leveled off for the last several years and has even increased slightly.

In 2003, 40% of all traffic fatalities were alcohol-related fatalities, whereas 60% of fatalities were non-alcohol related. That's a major improvement over the figures from 1982, and represents a 34% decrease in alcohol-related fatalities.

Some people will find these alcohol statistics to be good news-the alcohol beverage industry in particular-while others will find them sobering, if not troubling.

Indeed, that 40% still represents over 17,000 of our fellow citizens killed. To put that in perspective, that's over four times the number of people killed in the World Trade Center tragedy of September 11, 2001 . Put another way, that's roughly equivalent to the loss of life from over 42 jumbo jets crashing every year.

Clearly, these alcohol statistics are not as good as they should be. Driver education, sobriety checkpoints, tougher penalties for offenders, and numerous other efforts have helped lower the alcohol-related deaths in this country.

Is there a perfect solution? Nope.

People will continue to drink and people will continue to drive after drinking no matter how tough the laws are.

We believe that there is a way to improve these alcohol statistics further: with the use of breath alcohol testers in bars and other liquor-serving establishments. The truth is that most people have no way of determining their level of impairment other than by guessing.

Why not test yourself before you leave the bar so you can make an informed decision.

Learn more about personal breathalyzers.

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