Alcohol-Impaired Driving Among U.S. Adults, 1993-2002

Motor vehicle related injury is the leading cause of death in the United States for people aged 1 to 34 years old. In 2002, 17,419 (41%) of 42,815 traffic deaths were alcohol related. The purpose of this article is to estimated trends in alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults from 1994 through 2002. The study used the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System which is a random-digit telephone survey of adults over the age of 18. The survey determined that the estimated number of episodes of alcohol-impaired driving (AID) in the United States declined from 123 million in 1993 and 116 million in 1997, but then increased to 159 million in both 1999 and 2002. The study concluded that after a general decline in the United States in the mid 1990s, self-reported AID increased substantially by the turn of the century. AID is strongly associated with binge drinking and effective interventions to prevent AID and binge drinking should be adopted.

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  • Authors:
    • Flowers, Nicole
    • Shults, Ruth A
    • Mokdad, Ali H
    • Sleet, David A
    • Siegel, Paul
    • Brewer, Robert D
    • Quinlan, Kyran P
  • Publication Date: 2005


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  • Accession Number: 01000567
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 27 2005 3:45PM