Many alcohol-related car accidents every year are caused as a result of binge drinking or excessive drinking. Binge drinking is a dangerous practice that contributes not just to heightened car accident risks, but also death from alcohol intoxication, and a number of other dangerous health consequences. According to a new study, states that have strong alcohol control policies in place have much lower rates of binge drinking and related health consequences.
According to statistics, more than 50% of the 80,000 alcohol-related fatalities that are recorded in this country every year are linked to binge drinking. Broadly, binge drinking can defined as the practice of consuming four or five alcoholic beverages in a single session. A single session is usually defined as a two-hour period. For women, the drinking may constitute approximately 3 alcohol beverages during a single session.
Binge drinking dramatically increases the risks of an alcohol-related car accident, because the person’s driving abilities are severely impaired after consuming such excessive amounts of alcohol in a short period of time. According to researchers at Boston University School of Medicine, states that implement 29 alcohol control policies, had much better performances in lowering binge drinking rates.
According to the analysis, states that had higher alcohol control policies were one- fourth as likely as those states that had lower alcohol control scores, to have binge drinking rates in the top 25%.
There was a huge difference among states based on the implementation of alcohol control policies.The researchers found that the difference between binge drinking rates between states that were in the bottom 25%, and those that were in the top 25% of policies, was as high as 33%.
Alcohol impairs a person’s judgment skills, slows down reflexes, delays reaction times, blurs vision and has all kinds of other medical effects that can increase c crash risks.