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Substance Abuse Epidemiology Profile for Alcohol - Drinking and Driving Among Adults

Problem Statement

Adult drinking and driving is a precursor to alcohol-related motor vehicle crash injury and death. Any drinking and driving is dangerous (i.e., associated with an elevated risk of crash and injury), but driving after binge drinking (which is defined as a level of drinking likely to lead to a 0.08 BAC) is particularly risky. Unfortunately, binge drinkers are much more likely to report driving after drinking than non-binge drinkers. For example, in 2014, only 1.1% of adults reported driving after drinking too much; but 7.0% of binge drinkers reported engaging in this risky behavior in the past 30 days, compared to only 0.1% of non-binge drinkers.
Driving after drinking prevalence decreased significantly between 2006 and 2010.


Chart 1. Drinking and Driving (past 30 days), Adults Aged 18+ by Year, New Mexico, 1998-2016

Drinking and Driving (past 30 days), Adults Aged 18+ by Year, New Mexico, 1998-2016

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confidence limits

Data Notes

The drinking and driving question is only asked in even years.   Estimates for 2011 and forward should not be compared to earlier years (please refer to Data Interpretation Issues, below).

Data Sources

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BRFSS Prevalence and Trends Data, [https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/brfssprevalence].

Table 1. Drinking and Driving (past 30 days), Adults Aged 18+ by Age, Sex and Race/Ethnicity, New Mexico, 2014, 2016

Percentage Drinking and Driving
Sex and Race/EthnicityAges 18-24Ages 25-64Ages 65+All Ages
Male, American Indian2.51.11.31.4
Male, Asian/Pacific Islander******0
Male, Black**2**1.6
Male, Hispanic0.82.80.22.1
Male, White1.61.50.41.2
Male, All Races1.12.10.41.6
Female, American Indian00.500.3
Female, Asian/Pacific Islander**0**0
Female, Black**0**0
Female, Hispanic2.10.300.5
Female, White00.70.20.5
Female, All Races1.10.40.10.5
Both Sexes, American Indian1.10.70.50.8
Both Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander**0**0
Both Sexes, Black**1.10.40.8
Both Sexes, Hispanic1.41.50.11.2
Both Sexes, White0.91.10.30.8
Both Sexes, All Races1.11.20.31


Data Notes

The drinking and driving question is only asked in even years.   **Excluded due to small number of respondents (< 50) in population

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.

Problem Statement (continued)

Driving after drinking was most prevalent among the middle aged (ages 25-64 years), compared to lower rates in other age groups. This reflects a steady (but not statistically significant) decline in drinking and driving by young adults (age 18-24) and a fluctuating pattern among those aged 25-64. New Mexico men continued to be more than twice as likely to report drinking and driving as women. Hispanic males were more likely to report drinking and driving than White and American Indian males.
Persons from Taos, Eddy, and Valencia who are of Hispanic origin have the three highest rates for drinking and driving. White persons in Santa Fe, Chaves, and Grant also have high rates for this behavior.

Table 2. Drinking and Driving (past 30 days), Adults Aged 18+ by County and Race/Ethnicity, New Mexico, 2014-2016

Percentage Drinking and Driving
CountyAmerican IndianAsian PIBlackHispanicWhiteAll Races
Bernalillo0.9****1.30.6
Catron********0.7
Chaves******1.41.4
Cibola1.6****00.4
Colfax******00.6
Curry******2.20.4
De Baca**********
Dona Ana******2.31.3
Eddy******1.80.3
Grant******0.30.9
Guadalupe**********
Harding**********
Hidalgo**********
Lea******2.20.2
Lincoln******1.50.1
Los Alamos********0.8
Luna******00
McKinley1.1****1.50.2
Mora**********
Otero0.2****01.6
Quay********3.6
Rio Arriba0****0.71.8
Roosevelt********0
Sandoval0****1.80.8
San Juan0.7****00.4
San Miguel******00
Santa Fe******1.41.3
Sierra********0.5
Socorro******00
Taos******0.93.2
Torrance**********
Union**********
Valencia******01.1
New Mexico0.800.81.20.8


Data Notes

The drinking and driving question is only asked in even years.   **Excluded due to small number of respondents (< 50) in population The county-level BRFSS data used for this indicator report were weighted to be representative of the New Mexico Health Region populations. Had the data been weighted to be representative of each county population, the results would likely have been different.

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.

Chart 2. Drinking and Driving (past 30 days), Adults Aged 18+ by County, New Mexico, 2014-2016



Drinking and Driving (past 30 days), Adults Aged 18+ by County, New Mexico, 2014-2016

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confidence limits

Data Notes

The drinking and driving question is only asked in even years.   **Percentages based on fewer than 50 completed surveys are not shown because they do not meet the DOH standard for data release. The county-level BRFSS data used for this indicator report were weighted to be representative of the New Mexico Health Region populations. Had the data been weighted to be representative of each county population, the results would likely have been different.

Data Sources

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BRFSS Prevalence and Trends Data, [https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/brfssprevalence].

Chart 3. Drinking and Driving (past 30 days), Adults Aged 18+ by County, New Mexico, 2014-2016

Drinking and Driving (past 30 days), Adults Aged 18+ by County, New Mexico, 2014-2016

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Data Notes

The drinking and driving question is only asked in even years.
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Content updated: Tue, 19 Mar 2019 09:24:23 MDT