In a study to determine why adolescents choose to drink and drive, researchers found out whom the most likely people were to engage in the dangerous act. A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health reported that young white males were more likely to get a DUI than women or men of other racial and ethnic groups.
The number of alcohol-related vehicular accidents in the U.S. has remained relatively level over the last decade, according to a new report, yet the number of those caused by young female drunk drivers has increased to the point where it is now level with the number of those caused by male drunk drivers.
More women than ever are drinking and then getting behind the wheel, says a recent study – and they may be doing it as a reaction to rising stress levels associated with balancing work and parenting.
A new study has found that female drunk drivers tend to be older, well-educated, and divorced, widowed, or separated. Researchers from the University of Nottingham found that emotional and mental health problems were common factors in alcohol-related offenses among women.
Researchers have uncovered evidence of a subtle decision-making deficit among second-time offenders of driving under the influence (DUI), which may help explain why these drunk drivers are more prone to hazardous risk-taking.
Obtaining a driver’s license is a major rite of passage for America’s youth. In most states, and with consent of a parent, teens between the ages of 16 and 18 are permitted to apply for a driver’s license. States typically require the teen driver to first undergo a training period with a “learner’s permit”; however regulations vary by state and are typically tied to exact age or evidence of having completed a driver’s education course.
Men historically make up the majority of alcohol-related auto crashes, but more young women are becoming involved in drunk-driving fatalities. Dr. Virginia Tsai of the University of California San Diego and colleagues found that fatal alcohol-related crashes involving female drivers increased by 3.1 percent between 1995 and 2007, while incidents involving male drivers increased by 1.2 percent. They also found that substance abuse has increased among teenage girls.
For those who are guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol, psychiatric comorbidity – or the combination of a mental disorder and developmental disability – appears to be at a higher level. Such information is important for those seeking to better understand the psychiatric profiles of repeat DUI offenders. A better understanding of their psyche may help lead to better prevention.
Binge drinking is a growing problem and not just among college campuses. Recent research has also shown that Baby Boomers are increasingly engaging in this activity, putting their health and their life at risk. New research now shows these individuals putting others at risk as well.