The study assessed the prevalence of driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana among a sample of 18- and 21-year-olds and examined the across-time relationships between intoxicated driving and consumption, risk-taking/impulsive orientation, negative intrapersonal state, stress and use of alcohol and other drugs to cope with problems. The data indicated that at least a minimum level of drinking and driving, as well as smoking marijuana and driving, is engaged in at least once for the majority of youth. The frequency of substance use was strongly related to frequency of driving while intoxicated. Coping use of substance was found to be the strongest predictor of driving under the influence. Model studies showed that risk-taking orientation was the strongest predictor of DWI, both directly and indirectly. Findings suggest that impaired driving may be part of a global syndrome of risk-taking behavior and is an activity engaged in most often by those who frequently use alcohol and other drugs to cope with problems.

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    Alcohol Research Documentation, Incorporated

    P.O. Box 969
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854
  • Authors:
    • Johnson, V
    • White, H R
  • Publication Date: 1989-7

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  • Pagination: p. 320-330
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00491090
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-040 834
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1991 12:00AM