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CDC: Millions of Americans admit to drunk driving

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A study by the Centers for Disease Control found that millions of Americans admit to driving drunk.

The study found that 4.2 million people admitted to drunk driving at least once in the past month, which is roughly 2 percent of American adults.  

The study analyzed data from 2012 that also outlined the typical drunk driver and found men between the ages of 21 and 34 made up one-third of drunk drivers.  Overall, men accounted for 80 percent of drunk drivers, majority of them were binge drinkers, according to the study.

The study found that drivers in the Midwest fared the worst.

Drunk driving has accounted for around one-third of all fatal car crashes in the United States in the past 20 years.

Researchers said the numbers could be reduced if states get tougher on the issue, including enforcing breath-alcohol laws, increasing taxes on alcohol and cracking down on underage drinkers. 

Click here for more on the study. 

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