Alcohol and Older Drivers


Researchers have examined the effects of alcohol consumption on older adults functioning, and some have addressed alcohol effects on older drivers crash risk. Generally, the findings have shown that alcohol is less likely to be a factor in crashes for older, as compared to younger, drivers. Overall, the study found that the drivers 65 and older were less likely than their younger counterparts to test positive for alcohol after crashes that required treatment at a trauma center. However, when older drivers tested positive, their BACs were generally high, well above the illegal per se limit for driving. Moreover, the strong relationship between older drivers BAC and poor prior driving records and high crash responsibility highlight the need to consider alcohol as a factors in older drivers crashes, and to focus more attention on countermeasures for drinking and driving among those 65 and older.