Growing up in a “dry county” in a small town in Alabama, one that was basically unofficially Baptist, the implied concept was that if you consumed any alcohol whatsoever you were a sinner; or at least a Methodist. (But if you didn’t drink at all, you were considered by those who did drink as a goody two-shoes.)
Quite an impossible double standard…
It wasn’t until I moved to the culturally diverse city of Nashville back in 2005, at age 24, that I began to understand the complicated polarization of alcohol consumption that I grew up in.
I still feel that when I’m back in my hometown in Alabama, the mindset is that there is no such thing as having just one beer: that you either establish yourself as the guy who carries around a cooler of light beer… or you just drink water.
The reason I’m bringing all this up is because I think it helps illustrate the fact that alcohol consumption is a complex issue, on many levels.
(Personally, I think drunkenness looks immature and sad on anyone- no matter what age. I don’t think being drunk is funny. That’s something that has bothered me my whole life- when people think it’s funny to see someone else drunk. But that’s just my opinion.)
Even aside from the social, religious, and legal baggage associated with alcohol, there is the very serious issue of drunk driving.
I think the information in this infographic, “Drunk Driving In America,” is worth being shared. It’s interesting to see all these facts here together in the same place.
Something I wonder about from time to time is what I will teach my son about alcohol consumption. After all, we keep a bottle of red wine in the pantry (mainly used for cooking) and a six pack of craft beer in the fridge to be consumed in moderation; never all at once.
I want my son to see my own example of moderation. And being that I’m his dad, I honestly don’t think anyone can teach him than lesson better I can.
*Drunk driving continues to be one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.
*Each day 27 people are killed from alcohol-related car crashes.
*It has been estimated that there are 300,000 incidents of drunk driving each day in the U.S.
*Teenagers who drink are even more susceptible to being in an car accident after consuming alcohol. They are 7 times more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash.
*The most at-risk age group for drinking & driving is between 21 and 25.
*Since 21 is the legal drinking age, this group is often out at bars and then decide that they’re okay to drive home. Often, their inexperience with alcohol leaves them unable accurately to gauge their own level of inebriation.
Infographic Source: Instant Check Mate, Ashley Welter.