Alcohol abuse and alcoholism seem to be major problems in this country, not surprising given the rate of advertising for alcohol-related products. Booze seems to be everywhere nowadays, from bars and pubs to innocent convenience stores (where children frequent). Despite being as harmful as cocaine or heroin, alcohol is still sold as a mainstream item and is still marketed as a source of having a good time. So, as you would expect, drunk driving has become just as big of a problem as alcohol use disorder. Still, have you ever wondered which parts of the United States have the worst problems with drunk driving? What about the areas with the lowest rates? We are here to answer your questions today. Here is a closer look.
The Grim Reality of Drunk Driving
In a 2015 report, the Substance Abuse ad Mental Health Services Administration reported that roughly 15 million American citizens (ages 18 and older) met the qualifications for a diagnosis of alcohol use disorder. While, officials cannot determine how many of these people drove while drunk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided a lineup of DUI statistics in our country:
- 10,000 people died from fatal traffic accidents triggered by drunk driving (constituting one-third of alcohol-related fatalities)
- 209 out of 1,132 traffic fatalities involving children up to 14 years of age involved one driver who was intoxicated.
- Roughly 1.1 million drivers have been arrested for DUI.
Best of the Best, Worst of the Worst
Based on reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), states that have the highest risk for drunk driving accidents include:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
From the same set of NHTSA statistics, the following states have the lowest risk for drunk driving accidents in the United States:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
People who consume excessive amounts of alcohol will eventually suffer from severe impairments and will not be able to make split-second decisions, which makes a situation even more dangerous when they get behind the wheel of a car. Drunk driving is one of the most serious crimes in the world and is responsible for triggering nothing but pain and suffering. If you observe a drunk person attempting to drive, stop them in any way you can.
Are you suffering from a severe case of alcohol use disorder? Do you have a friend or a family member who is coping with one of these issues, as well? On both accounts, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward breaking your connection with alcohol.