Alcohol-Impaired Driving

"In each year, AID was most common among men, people who binge drink and people who did not always use a seatbelt (tables 1–3). Men accounted for an overwhelming percentage of AID episodes (80% in 2014, 70% in 2016 and 80% in 2018; data not shown). Similarly, people who engaged in recent binge drinking accounted for 85%, 80% and 86% of all AID episodes in 2014, 2016 and 2018, respectively (data not shown). Those who reported more binge drinking reported more AID episodes. For example, in 2014, the 4% of adults who reported binge drinking at least four times per month accounted for 58% of AID episodes. This was true in 2016 and 2018 where 4% and 5% of those who reported binge drinking at least four times a month accounted for 55% and 65% of AID episodes in each respective year. People who reported not always wearing a seatbelt had an annual AID rate four times higher in 2014 and 2016 and six times higher in 2018 than those who always wore a seatbelt.

"Reported AID varied by other characteristics as well. Regardless of gender and year, AID rates were highest among people aged 21–34 years and then decreased with age. Married adults, particularly married male adults, tended to have lower AID rates compared with those who were coupled, previously married or never married. There were no significant differences in AID rates by race/ethnicity, education level or household income no matter the year or gender. Among those engaging in AID, 60% reported seeing a doctor for a routine check-up within the past year (data not shown). Another 16% had a check-up between 1 and 2 years prior (data not shown). Among respondents who reported recent binge drinking, 62% reported a routine check-up within the past year (data not shown). Finally, among those reporting recent AID and recent binge drinking, 57% had a check-up within the past year (data not shown)."


Barry V, Schumacher A, Sauber-Schatz E. Alcohol-impaired driving among adults—USA, 2014–2018. Injury Prevention 2022;28:211-217.