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Drinking and driving and riding with an alcohol impaired driver among United States air force recruits.
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PMID:  21469019     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Objective: To identify the prevalence and correlates of binge drinking, driving after drinking, and riding in a vehicle with a driver who had consumed alcohol in US Air Force active duty recruits. Methods: A military cohort (N = 31,108; 25.1% female) was analyzed to identify variables associated with binge drinking, drinking and driving, and riding with a driver who had consumed alcohol. Results: Results indicated that 53 percent (including 45% of those under the legal drinking age) reported alcohol use in the month prior to entering basic military training (BMT). Thirty-eight percent of all active duty recruits reported binge drinking (ie, consuming 5 or more drinks on a single occasion) at least one time in the past 30 days. Nearly 1 in 4 (23%) reported 1 to 3 episodes of binge drinking. Three percent of reported alcohol users drove after consuming five or more drinks, and 9 percent rode as a passenger in a vehicle with a driver who had been drinking heavily. Conclusions: Several demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal correlates of risky drinking patterns were identified. Prevention efforts are needed to address the implications of these findings because they influence the health, safety, and military readiness of active duty personnel.
Margaret Debon; Mark W Vander Weg; Deborah Sherrill-Mittleman; Robert C Klesges; Gerald W Talcott
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Traffic injury prevention     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1538-957X     ISO Abbreviation:  Traffic Inj Prev     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101144385     Medline TA:  Traffic Inj Prev     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  128-35     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Preventive Medicine, The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, Tennessee.
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