Did you know that the rate of binge drinking in 2012 was 39.5 percent for young adults aged 18 to 25? The majority of full-time college students ages 18-22 use alcohol. Heavy alcohol use was reported by 12.7 percent of persons aged 18 to 25. These rates were similar to the rates in 2011 (39.8 and 12.1 percent, respectively). Among young adults aged 18 to 25, an estimated 62.9 percent of males and 57.5 percent of females were current drinkers in 2012. In this age group, 45.8 percent of males and 33.2 percent of females reported binge drinking in 2012. The rate of binge drinking among males aged 18 to 25 was lower in 2012 than in the years from 2002 to 2010. Among females in this age group, however, the rate in 2012 was like the rates in the years from 2002 to 2011.
Use of illicit* drugs or misuse of prescription drugs can make driving a car unsafe—just like driving after drinking alcohol. Drugged driving puts the driver, passengers, and others who share the road at risk.
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A drug and alcohol evaluation from a state-licensed treatment agency may be requested by the courts in any case involving substance abuse. For driving under the influence (DUI) or driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) convictions, it may be compulsory. During the evaluation, thorough questions will be asked. The purpose is to assess whether a diagnosis of drug or alcohol dependence is appropriate and whether substance misuse has resulted in the arrest.