-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14 (HealthDay News) -- During the holidays,
alcohol-related car accidents claim more lives than at any other
time of the year, according to U.S. government experts.
The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
(NIAAA) reports that 40 percent of traffic-related deaths during
Christmas and New Year's involve drunk drivers -- a 12 percent
increase over the rest of the month of December.
Facing these troubling statistics, the NIAAA issued a warning
that more awareness is needed on the effects of alcohol on the
body, and how long alcohol can remain in a person's system. The
agency offered the following information on the effects of alcohol
to clear up some common misconceptions:
The NIAAA concluded that people should not have more than one
alcoholic drink per hour and every other drink should be a
The experts suggest that people attending parties should
consider the devastating effects a fatal crash could have and
designate a driver who has not consumed any alcohol.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health has more about
alcohol-related traffic deaths.
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