Risk Taking
Behavior                     

 

 

Risk taking behavior by an individual puts his or her healthy lifestyle under enormous risk. An individual may have a personality for aggressive or self-abusive behavior and may indulge in:

  1. Impaired driving - driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. During 2002, 17,419 people in the U.S. died in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes, representing 41% of all traffic-related deaths (NHTSA 2003a). Visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/drving.htm for more interesting facts and information.

  2. Driving over the speed limit. This may make people susceptible to road accidents, which are on the rise in the United States.

  3. Adventure sports and activities such as bungee jumping, mountain climbing or white water rafting.

  4. Self-abusive behaviors such as excessive body piercing, tattooing and eating disorders.

(These are just a few of many examples of risk taking behavior)

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