Today I read an NBC report that surprised me. A recent study indicates that drinking may cause 1 in 10 deaths among working age people. One in ten. Of course alcohol-related auto accidents come to mind as a cause of death. And the damage to the bodies of chronic alcoholics who just can’t overcome the addiction. But the study suggests that even folks who aren’t addicted, but who binge drink, may be at higher risk… that 5 or more drinks for men and 4 for women. The researchers indicate alcohol related deaths are the 3rd leading cause of preventable death. And click here to find out what folks living in the western mountain states should know.
On a more positive note, teen drinking and driving is down 54% since 1991 Today’s kids have been raised with strong messages about the dangers of drinking and driving. But there’s a new danger, and we haven’t succeeded yet in getting this message across to teens…or adults. It’s texting while driving and it was a factor in almost 1 in four accidents in 2011. Worse yet, 15% of kids have watched their parents texting and driving. Check out this great infographic to learn more about texting and driving…and a new definition of DWI.