From the August 2014 magazine.

Alcoholism at Large

Role of alcohol in traffic deaths underreported
The role of alcohol in U.S. traffic deaths may be substantially underreported on death certificates, according to a recent study. Between 1999 and 2009, more than 450,000 Americans were killed in a traffic crashes. But in cases where alcohol was involved, death certificates frequently failed to list alcohol as a cause of death.

The study found just over 3 percent of death certificates in traffic fatalities listed alcohol as a contributing cause. But based on the actual blood alcohol levels of Americans killed in traffic crashes, 21 percent of those killed were legally drunk.

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