West Virginia

Drunk-Driving State Profile

In 2011 there were 91 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in West Virginia. Of the 91 fatalities, 75% of involved a drunken motorist with a BAC of .15 or higher, with the legal limit being 0.08. Of the drivers whose BACs were .15 or higher, all of them were repeat offenders.

Drug Rehab and Treatment Facts West Virginia

  • In 2008, 65.1% of those in addiction treatment located in West Virginia were male.
  • 34.9% of the individuals in drug addiction treatment residing in West Virginia during 2008 were female.
  • The largest age group admitted into to drug rehab during 2008 in West Virginia was between the ages of 21-25 (17.4%).
  • The second largest age group attending drug rehabilitation in West Virginia during 2008 were between the ages of 26-30 (14.9%).
  • 88.3% of the individuals in drug treatment located in West Virginia during 2008 were Caucasian.
  • Drug Facts

    Teens who binge drink run the chance of becoming alcohol dependent later in life -- as early as their mid-20s -- according to a 10-year study of 2,000 teenagers in Australia.
    Studies have shown that the drinking patterns of employed women are different from those of women not employed outside the home, with less abstinence, increased consumption and greater frequency of drinking occasions observed among employed women.
    The consumption of ecstasy generally takes place in social settings, such as parties, and users enjoy the drug for its effects of sociability and extroversion. Some ecstasy users report welcoming people from different religious backgrounds and lifestyles, with whom they otherwise would not associate, while others report feeling as if they love and are loved by everyone around them. In this sense, ecstasy users see the social consequences of drug use to be extremely positive and part of the reason for taking the drug in the first place. This drug-induced arousal can lead to unintended sexual encounters and unsafe sex practices that the user not engage in if not under the influence of ecstasy.
    Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the number one killer of American women. One in every three American women dies of CHD. Several studies suggest that in pre– and postmenopausal women, light–to–moderate alcohol consumption may increase blood concentrations of estrogen and its metabolic byproducts—which may serve to protect against CHD. In fact, the incidence of CHD remains low until after menopause, apparently because abundant estrogen protects women against CHD. After menopause, however, women’s risk of CHD increases, approaching that of men. A large body of epidemiological evidence strongly suggests that light–to–moderate alcohol consumption significantly reduces the risk of CHD in both genders. Although the exact mechanisms remain unclear, alcohol has been found to improve the risk factors and conditions associated with CHD, such as reducing the LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, and increasing the HDL, or “good” cholesterol; and reducing blood clotting and the “stickiness” of platelets, small cells that play an important role in clot formation. It is clear, on the other hand, that heavy drinking can damage the heart.

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