Evaluation of the Evidence Base for the Alcohol Industry’s Actions to Reduce Drink Driving Globally

The objectives of this study were to evaluate the evidence base for the content of initiatives that the alcohol industry implemented in order to reduce drunk driving 1982 to May 2015. The content of 266 global initiatives that the alcohol industry has categorized as actions to reduce drunk driving was systematically analyzed. The results show that the greatest proportion of the actions were sponsored by social aspects public relations organizations (i.e., organizations funded by the alcohol industry to handle issues that may be damaging to the business). Of the sampled industry actions, only 0.8% (n=2) were consistent with public health evidence of effectiveness for reducing drunk driving. Even though effective drunk-driving countermeasures exist, such as a maximum blood alcohol concentration limit of 0.05 grams per deciliter for drivers and widespread use of sobriety checkpoints, the vast majority of the alcohol industry's actions to reduce drunk driving does not reflect public health evidenced-based recommendations.


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  • Accession Number: 01603395
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 25 2016 12:00PM