Alcohol-Related Traffic Deaths Spike During Holidays | Edmunds

Alcohol-Related Traffic Deaths Spike During Holidays


Just the Facts:
  • More people are likely to die in alcohol-related traffic crashes during the holidays than at other times of the year, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
  • During Christmas and New Year's, two to three times more people die in alcohol-related crashes than during comparable periods during the rest of the year.
  • The coordination needed for driving is compromised long before the signs of intoxication are visible, experts say.

BETHESDA, Maryland — More people are likely to die in alcohol-related traffic crashes during the holidays than at other times of the year, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

During Christmas and New Year's, two to three times more people die in alcohol-related crashes than during comparable periods the rest of the year.

The coordination needed for driving is compromised long before the signs of intoxication are visible, experts say. Plus, the sedative effects of alcohol increase the risk of nodding off or losing attention behind the wheel.

Caffeine may help with drowsiness, but not with the effects of alcohol on decision-making or coordination.

For more information on celebrating the holidays safely, visit the NIAAA Web site.

Edmunds says: Holiday revelers need to plan ahead before they get behind the wheel.

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