Sobering Facts

Roughly 3 out of every 10 Americans will be in an alcohol-related traffic crash.

Approximately 1 out of every 139 licensed drivers in the United States, or 1.46 million people, is arrested annually for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

In a recent survey, 62% of students in the eighth grade reported that getting their hands on alcohol is “very easy” or “fairly easy.” This number increases to 82.6% of students in the tenth grade and increases again to 92.2% of students in the 12th grade.

The rate of fatal crashes related to alcohol use is four times higher at night than during the day.

The public cost of alcohol related crashes is estimated at around $114.3 billion. This includes $51.1 billion in monetary costs and $63.2 billion in life losses.

Victims of crashes and people other than the negligent driver end up paying 63% of the total cost of alcohol-related crashes.

Over 15,000 people die annually in alcohol-related traffic incidents.

Over 40% of the total number of traffic fatalities each year are alcohol-related.

On average, every 39 minutes a drunk driver claims a victim in the United States.

It is estimated that the minimum cost to a driver for his or her first DUI conviction in the state of New York is $9,500. In other states this total can exceed $20,000.

Heavy alcohol consumption increases a person’s chances of developing certain types of cancer, such as bowel, mouth, breast, and cancer of the esophagus.

Heavy drinking can cause infertility in males.

After just two drinks, the immune system’s ability to fight bacteria and viruses is reduced by 67%.

Each year, Americans take over 159 million alcohol-impaired driving trips. Over 10% of these trips are made by drivers under the legal drinking age.

In general, the average age at which a person starts drinking has decreased since 1965.