According to a new study, people in the Midwest and Baby Boomers are more likely to get drunk then get behind the wheel.
The study, which was conducted by The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, surveyed 2,000 people in the United States about their drinking and driving habits.
The study found that 37 percent of people who were surveyed admitted to driving drunk at some point. Of that number, people in the Midwest had the highest proportion of admitted drunk drivers. Admitted drunk drivers in the Midwest consisted of 41.6 percent of the overall admitted drunk drivers, the majority of which were people 35-51 years old, commonly referred to as Generation X.
Of the generations on a whole, Baby Boomers, people between the ages of 52 and 69, had the highest number of admitted drunk drivers.
The American West, although largest in geographical size, was the second lowest region of people who admitted to driving drunk at 34.61 percent. The Northeast was the region with the lowest amount of admitted drunk drivers at 27.63 percent. 41.43 percent of people surveyed in the Southwest admitted to driving drunk while 39.86 percent of those surveyed in the Southeast admitted to driving drunk.
About 32 percent of participants between the ages of 18 and 34 said that they thought they believed that there are people who are good at driving drunk.
Although the study focused on several different demographics and their likelihood to drive drunk, the study concluded, and I don’t think that many will dispute, that no individual demographic group is safe.
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