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Drunk Driving Concerns Increase Due Alcohol Consumption Spike Caused by to COVID-19


October 19, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to a report issued by USATODAY.COM, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused Americans to drink more alcohol. 

Some estimates indicate that alcoholic beverage sales consumed at home increased by 27 percent from March 2020 to June of 2020. The figures suggest that many people choose alcohol consumption as a means to deal with the stress and boredom of the coronavirus pandemic. Consequently, the number of individuals seeking treatment for alcohol abuse has also skyrocketed during the same timeframe, especially in locations where the pandemic has taken a massive toll.

The recent civil unrest in major U.S. cities, coronavirus shutdowns, and the impending presidential election drilled into our psyche continually ramp up the stress in our already stressful lives. It is little wonder why people rely on alcohol consumption to aid relaxation. Studies show that people tend to rely on alcohol during stressful times or in times of uncertainty to help them take the edge off.

Doctors caution that this behavior could compound problems rather than offer a respite from them. Using alcohol to quell the tide of negative and stressful feelings is concerning. Drinking too much alcohol adversely affects the liver. It could lead to developing certain kinds of cancer, like colon, liver, and breast cancers. Excessive alcohol consumption can also lead to premature death. The World Health Organization attributes 3 million deaths annually to alcohol consumption. According to doctors, people with a history of depression, anxiety, or substance abuse should turn away from alcohol.

A recent survey on driving habits suggests than more than 25 percent of respondents think a person could not drive after having three or four drinks. Surprisingly, 6.1 percent said that a person is drunk after have five or more drinks.

According to Fran Lanzer, Colorado Executive Director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the pandemic has reduced traffic levels.  However, the fewer number of motor vehicles on the road could be "luring" motorists into a false sense of security.  She also states that a lot of the serious accidents are linked to speeding.  She believes that since there are fewer cars on the road, many people have been speeding and feeling safer driving after having a few drinks when otherwise they may not take the risk.  She stated that combining drugged or drunk driving with excessive speed, it’s very dangerous for other motorists. No one should drink and drive as the consequences can often be fatal.

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Sources:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/08/14/how-much-alcohol-beer-wine-too-much-during-covid-pandemic/3373800001/

https://www.thezebra.com/research/drunk-driving-statistics/

https://www.kktv.com/content/news/Despite-pandemic-DUI-numbers-up-significantly-in-2020-570766601.html

Category: Auto Accidents

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