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New Campaign Seeks to Educate the Public on Drunk Driving Facts
A new survey estimates that as many as three-fourths of American adults think they know enough about how drinking affects their blood alcohol levels, while in fact, most don't even know the legal limits in their own state. The Century Council, a group backed by major distillers, is campaigning to better educate the public about those limits and how much you have to drink to exceed them.
The group is an interactive program designed to educate users on blood-alcohol
concentrations based on their weight and gender and the number and types
of drinks they consume. It also factors in elapsed time, how quickly
someone is drinking and how much food the individual has eaten.
The council cites federal statistics showing that 1,708 people died in alcohol-related crashes last year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
Blackman said people often don't realize just how fast their blood alcohol concentration goes up, and how long it takes before it returns to normal. The program, the council hopes, will help drinkers face the facts and, very importantly, it hopes to help save lives this holiday season. As Blackman explains, "What we say is, ‘Well, you've just gotten the information you need to make a responsible decision and the responsible decision is not drinking up to the legal limit. The responsible decision is deciding when you've drunk enough and you are not impaired and therefore not a danger behind the wheel."
The Century Council's November survey data were collected by telephone interviews of 1001 adults, 18 years or older, in the contiguous United States. Another sample polled 364 adults living in eight states.
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