Prevalence of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol in the US

"The NRS [National Roadside Survey] surveys reveal a decreasing trend in alcohol use from the first survey in 1973 to the most recent one in 2013–2014. Figure 1 shows the percentage of weekend nighttime drivers with BrACs across three categories: BrAC of .005 to .049 g/210 L; 2 BrACs of .050 to .079; and BrACs of .080 and higher. The surveys found a decline in each BrAC category. Further, there has been a large decrease in the percentage of drivers who were alcohol positive, from 35.9 percent in 1973 to 8.3 percent in 2013–2014. For BrACs of .08 and higher, there was a decrease from 7.5 percent in 1973 to 1.5 percent in 2013–2014, revealing an impressive 80 percent reduction in the percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers on the road on weekend nights. Also of importance is the decrease from 6.1 percent to 1.6 percent from 1973 to 2013–2014 for BrACs of .050 to .079 category."


Berning, A., Compton, R., & Wochinger, K. (2015, February). Results of the 2013–2014 National Roadside Survey of alcohol and drug use by drivers. (Traffic Safety Facts Research Note. Report No. DOT HS 812 118). Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.