College-aged patrons leaving a drinking establishment were given feedback about their blood alcohol level (BAL): 24 were administered a Breathalyzer and were then read a statement on the consequences of driving with their BAL; 21 were shown a large chart and had to determine their own BAL from their weight and number of drinks consumed; and 21 were given no feedback. The two feedback groups were later collapsed. The subjects were also followed unobtrusively to determine whether they drove away from the premises. A total of 24 of the feedback subjects (47%) were legally intoxicated, but 83% of this group nonetheless drove after learning that they were legally intoxicated. In addition, when self-reports of consumption were compared with Breathalyzer BALs, a correlation of .82 was obtained.

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    Rutgers University, New Brunswick

    Center of Alcohol Studies
    New Brunswick, NJ  United States  08903
  • Authors:
    • Meier, S E
    • Brigham, T A
    • Handel, G
  • Publication Date: 1984-11

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 528-533
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00399358
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-038 337
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1985 12:00AM