From the December 1973 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Tips for 'Experienced' Drunks

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.--If you drive at night and are sober, beware of drinking drivers. If you drive during the day and aren't sober, beware of nondrinking drivers. That's the advice of Richard Zylman, associate research specialist at the Rutgers University Center of Alcohol Studies. The bare conclusions from his detailed studies of Grand Rapids, Mich., data are that the drunken driver is a greater danger to others than to himself at night, hut a greater danger to himself during rush-hour traffic.

During the wee hours of the night, there were the highest proportions of drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of at least .05%. Between the hours of 9:00 AM and noon, the lowest proportion of such drivers were in traffic. During the night hours, they appeared in collisions about twice as often as would be expected. During the morning rush hour, they were involved seven times as often as expected.

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