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112 million drunks on the road

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports today that adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010.

That's 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving each day.

That means, according to CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden that, “nearly 11,000 people are killed every year in crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.” 

  • Men were responsible for 81 percent of drinking and driving in 2010.
  • Young men, ages 21-34, made up only 11 percent of the U.S. population in 2010, yet were responsible for 32 percent of all episodes of drinking and driving.
  •  Eighty-five percent of drinking and driving episodes were reported by people who also reported binge drinking. Binge drinking means five or more drinks for men or four or more drinks for women during a short period of time.

Bottom line: If you've had a few too many, or your friend has, stay out of the car and get the friend out of the car. Lives, literally, will be spared.

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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