A new study has found that a few beers can change a person’s beliefs regarding the rights and wrongs of drunk driving.
We’ve reported on the dangers facing motorists every day, and drunk driving or driving while intoxicated remains one of the biggest risks.
HealthDay News reported on a study published this week by the online version of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research; it revealed that people who believe that drunk driving is wrong and would never commit this act are often inclined to change their minds on the subject after having a few drinks.
Study authors suggest this is putting more drunk drivers on the road every day and increasing everyone’s risk of being injured or killed by a drunk driver. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri and was funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse, HealthDay News reports.
About A Third Of Fatalities Due To DUI
About one-third of all traffic fatalities each year are caused by drunk drivers, the data notes. The recent study included just less than 90 “young adult” drivers and tested their beliefs in two scenarios: sober and after a few drinks. HealthDay News reports that the study authors found that the participants believed they were fine to drive and that their perception of drunk driving had changed just after they reached their peak blood-alcohol level.
Study authors said that people about to drive home after a few drinks are more likely to do so as their blood-alcohol level drops from its highest point. That is when people who thought it was wrong to drive drunk when asked while sober revealed the biggest disparity in their beliefs on intoxicated driving.