Do Lyft and Uber Facilitate Alcohol Abuse?

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Lyft and Uber drivers are often lauded as heroes for shuttling people who’ve been drinking from home to bar to bar to home. They keep drunk drivers in the back seat, instead of behind the wheel. But does this increase in safety come at the cost of increased abuse of alcohol? Recent research suggests that it might, finding that the availability of ride-share services is associated with an increase in drinking. Without question, providing rides to people who are too drunk to drive is a good thing, but the fact that some people may be drinking more heavily because they know they don’t have to drive is, at the very least, food for thought.

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