Learn the boundries and dangers of alcohol.
2014 Alcohol Related Crash Statistics
- There were 10,550 alcohol-related crashes
- 13% of the driver deaths in the 16-20 age groups were drinking drivers
- 333 people died in alcohol-related crashes
- 74% drinking drivers in alcohol-related crashes were male
- On average day each day: 29 alcohol-related traffic crashes occurred, 0.9 people were killed in alcohol-related traffic crashes, and 20 people were injured in alcohol-related traffic crashes
- Alcohol related crashes were almost 4.1 times more likely to result in a death then those not related to alcohol.
- 311 alcohol-related fatal crashes occurred
- 282 passengers of a drinking driver died
- 13% of deaths occurred during holiday weekends related to alcohol use
- 21-25 age group had the highest deinking drivers in crashes
- 7,592 crashes were male & 2,666 crashes were female
Effects of Alcohol
Alcohol can mix with both fatty and watery substances. This means that it can go anywhere in the body. Alcohol affects every cell of the body. Alcohol begins acting in the body within minutes. From the stomach and the intestines, it moves rapidly into the bloodstream. From the blood, it enters every cell. Within minutes after the first sip of a drink, ethanol is affecting the brain, muscles, nerves, glands and small blood vessels of the skin. It also passes through the liver.
Alcohol Impairs Many Organs and Body Functions
Liver- If a person drinks more than this amount, the excess over-flows into the bloodstream. (The liver can handle one drink an hour)
Lungs- The lungs excrete a little ethanol from the blood stream as a gas exhaled in the breath.
Blood vessels- Alcohol relaxes these nerves and the blood vessels of the skin widens. The skin of a person wo had been drinking may appear fleshes and feel warm.
Nerves and brain- A person slightly under the influence of alcohol will talk loudly and gesture more air more often.