09.13.131:19 PM ET

Female DUIs Skyrocket in U.S.

Women constitute nearly 25% of arrests.

In 1980, women accounted for 9.3 percent of DUI arrests across the United States. Today, that figure has risen to nearly 25 percent, according to federal statistics. The Canadian nonprofit Traffic Injury Research Foundation looked into the trend by interviewing women arrested for DUIs. Their published study suggests that these women fall into three categories: young women who drink socially; newlyweds who drink because of postpartum loneliness; and older, divorced women or empty-nesters who begin drinking later in life. Nearly all interviewees experienced stressful life events before their arrests. More than 30 percent used prescription medication and more than 50 percent were single, separated, or divorced.