Drunk Driving Increasing Among Young Women

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Drunk driving is on the rise among young women. According to data spanning the last decade the rate of increase in fatalities among young female drivers is outpacing similar deaths in young men. Virginia W. Tsai, MD, of the University of California San Diego, and colleague, relayed that between 1995 and 2007 the increase in the number of fatal alcohol related crashes among young men rose 1.2%; this number in young women (ages 16 to 24) rose 3.1% (95% CI 1.9% to 4.3%). “These findings should raise the urgency of implementing effective gender-specific countermeasures to alcohol-impaired driving, including messages and education targeted to women in this age group,” they stated. Click here to read an article from Science Daily that discusses this study more.

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