DRINKING HABITS OF IMPAIRED DRIVERS

Fifty-eight males ranging in age from 18-68 who were convicted of impaired driving completed a drinking habit questionnaire which permitted the calculation of an individual's alcohol intake (ml absolute alcohol per kg) on a typical drinking occasion, his intake on the day of his arrest and his customary drinking frequency (number of occasions per week). The questionnaire items on typical intake and frequency were identical to ones previously administered to a group of social drinkers (n = 130). The study thus served to extend information on typical intake and frequency of drinking to a sample of impaired drivers, and also permitted some comparisons between social drinker and impaired driving groups. The arrest intake and the typical intake scores of impaired drivers each bore a significant linear relation to age, with the younger drivers taking larger quantities. This linear relation between intake and age was similar to that previously observed for social drinkers. The typical intake scores of the impaired drivers however were significantly higher than the typical intake of social drinkers, irrespective of age. Drinking frequency scores also were significantly higher in the impaired driver group, but the curvilinear relation between age and frequency which had been obtained for social drinkers was not evident among impaired drivers. The evidence on impaired drivers' drinking habits is in line with the notion that problem drinking is associated with impaired driving offences. (TRRL)

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    International Com on Alcohol Drugs & Traf Safety

    Hammerbrookstrasse 93
    2000 Hamburg 1,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • DUNCAN, D
    • Vogel-Sprott, M
  • Publication Date: 1978-7

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 252-260
  • Serial:
    • Blutalkohol
    • Volume: 15
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Bund gegen Alkohol im Strassenverkehr eV
    • ISSN: 0006-5250

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00311849
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM