Is social pressure to blame for a shocking new statistic involving young women? A new study finds that more 16-24 year old women are driving under the influence of alcohol and getting into deadly accidents.
Researchers looked at data recorded by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration between 1995-2007. During that 12 year period, there were 179,891 fatal car accidents among drivers 16 to 24 years of age.
Though young men remained the ones most often involved in deadly collisions, their overall rate per 100,000 accidents dropped while the rate among young women increased. But more worrisome was the news about alcohol use. The proportion of young women (3.1 percent) who had a positive blood alcohol test was more than double the proportion of men (1.2 percent) who had a positive blood alcohol test.
Why is this happening? According to the study authors, "As more women continue to be encouraged to take on more traditional male roles within cultures andRead More »from Young Women, Alcohol and Deadly Accidents: Scary New Statistics