Everyone knows the dangers of drinking and driving. But don’t underestimate the dangers of drinking and walking. In fact, some studies have shown that 1 in 4 pedestrians who are hit by cars have an elevated blood alcohol level. And several universities in New Orleans warn incoming students about the dangers of getting on and off streetcars when they’ve been drinking.
You don’t even have to go outside to have an alcohol-related accident. Dr. Thomas Esposito is a trauma surgeon at Loyola University. And he says that falls are the most common causes of alcohol-related ER visits followed by injuries received during out-of-control arguments. And according to some police estimates, alcohol is a factor in more than 80-percent of domestic violence cases.
Bottom line: It doesn’t matter what you’re doing or where you are. Alcohol impairs your reflexes, your coordination, AND your judgment.