AirTalk for August 26, 2010

Where do you draw the line for drinking and driving?

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A man is give a sobriety test at a sobriety checkpoint December 26, 2004 in San Francisco, California.

A new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that 1 in 5 drivers have driven their vehicles within 2 hours of drinking alcohol in the last year. The poll focused on people’s self-reporting of their drinking and driving habits and over-sampled teenagers and young adults – the group reported to do the most binge drinking. The CDC reports that 50% of U.S. adults are current regular drinkers – defined as at least 12 drinks in the past year. Americans like to relax with a drink, and alcohol may even have some heath benefits, but alcohol was a factor in 11,773 out of 37,261 U.S. traffic fatalities in 2008. How often do you get behind the wheel after you’ve had a few drinks? When do you decide if you’ve had too much to drink to drive your car?

Guest:

Dr. Mark Morocco, Associate Residency Director for Emergency Medicine, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


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