THE EFFECT OF REHABILITATION ON THE DRIVING BEHAVIOR OF PROBLEM DRINKERS

The present study was designed to investigate whether persons with alcoholism incur more driving infractions than non-alcoholic drivers, and secondly, if successful treatment of these people decreases the number of their infractions. three hundred nineth-one experimental subjects, employed in eight large industries across the country, were studied. They were identified as alcoholics by members of the Labor-Management Alcoholism Programs in these companies were treated, and were eventually returned to satisfactory job performance. An equal number of controls was randomly selected from the same companies and matched for age, sex, job classification, and state of residence. Motor Vehicle Department records were obtained for all subjects and were studied for a three-year period before the alcoholic's entry into a treatment program and for the three years following his return to satisfactory job performance. Driving records of controls were studied for the same dates as the experimentals to which they were matched. Statistically significant results were obtained. (1) Before treatment experimentals had significantly more convictions than controls for DWI, Reckless Driving, Other Moving Violations, Total Collisions, Collisions involving Property Damage, and Driving Without A Valid License. After treatment there were no significant differences between experimentals and controls. (2) There was a tendency for frequency of offences to increase yearly before entry into treatment and decrease yearly after return to satisfactory job performance.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Association for Automotive Medicine

    801 Green Bay Road
    Lake Bluff, IL  United States  60044
  • Authors:
    • Seixas, F A
  • Publication Date: 1973

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 502-520

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00260889
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-014 550
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-264-2-479
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 11 1983 12:00AM