Think Before You Drink

I don’t know about you, but when I hear “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” (CDC), I immediately think about something horrible like Ebola.

I don’t know about you, but when I hear “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” (CDC), I immediately think about something horrible like Ebola.

Here’s something that is possibly even more frightening:

According to the CDC, in 2013, 10,076 people were killed in traffic accidents due to one cause. That’s about a third of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S.

It was alcohol.

10,076 people.

Want to know how many people have died in the U.S. as a consequence of Ebola?

According to the World Health Organization, one.

One.

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World Health Organization Ebola Statistics

 

Alcohol and driving: 10,076. Ebola: One.

In 2013, 1,149 children aged 14 and below died in traffic accidents. 200 of those deaths were associated with an alcohol-impaired driver. 17% of those deaths.

Tonight is New Year’s Eve. Big celebrations everywhere. Lots of booze for many.

If you’re drinking tonight, before you take that second bottle or glass, think of those 10,076 people who aren’t with their loved ones. Think of those 200 kids.

And then think about making sure that you have a designated driver so that you don’t end up as a statistic. Or, more devastating, causing one.