The new CDC Vital Signs study was an review of data from the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey.
Men, Young Men Biggest Offenders
The study also found:
- Men were responsible for 81 percent of drinking and driving in 2010.
- Young men, ages 21-34, only 11 percent of the population, were responsible for 32 percent of drunk driving episodes.
- Eighty-five percent of drunken drivers also reported binge drinking.
"Drunk driving is a public health problem with far-reaching effects," said Linda C. Degutis, director of CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said in a news release. "Drunk drivers, who have delayed reaction times and reflexes, put even the most responsible drivers and pedestrians in harm's way. Public support to prevent drunk driving is strong."
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