One upside to being stumbling drunk is that it's quite a workout. The inability to walk in a straight line leads to lengthier trips -- as does taking a suboptimal route selected by an impaired walker. Perhaps this was the concept behind Prancercise.
One downside to being stumbling drunk, however, is that it's more dangerous than Prancercise. Statistics released yesterday by the Department of Transportation indicate that 35 percent of all pedestrians killed in 2011 were legally drunk. That's the same percentage revealed by 2009 data -- and, in fact, the United States lags in the department of drunken pedestrian fatalities.
Recent studies claim the ratio of drunks among dead pedestrians at 38 percent in Canada and 45 percent in Australia. Two-thirds of young Brits or Swedes killed while walking are drunk. And being drunk greatly increases not only your chances of getting into an accident, but dying in one.
But it's great exercise.
San Francisco is a town where it's easy to walk and easy to drink. Is it a haven for drunken walking -- and the resultant fatalities? Based on the data the city collects, it's hard to say.
Every year, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency releases a "Collision Report;" the most recent was published a year ago and crunched data from 2011.
You can learn a lot from this document -- but the words "alcohol" or "impaired" don't come up once.