Drink driving: taking stock, moving forward

This report draws on published data to summarise recent trends in casualties and police enforcement activity, and provide an overview of the profile of drink drivers. It shows that drink drivers in the UK are more likely to be male and are younger than the general driving population (though age differences have become less pronounced over the last 20 years). Drink driving is also more common in urban areas and drink drivers are more likely to have a higher socio-economic status. Drink drivers are also more likely to have a criminal record than the general driving population, though less likely than many others who commit other motoring offences (such as drug drivers). The report draws on research to describe the impact of alcohol issues and poor mental health on drink driving behaviour. This includes the reasons that underlie decisions about drink driving, considering why people choose to drive after drinking and why they choose to drink whilst knowing they have to drive. Drink drivers consume alcohol more often than the general population. Drink drivers also consume a higher volume of alcohol each time they drink than the general driving population. Drink drivers, particularly reoffenders, are also significantly more likely to have alcohol issues than other drivers. Drink drivers also have more mental health issues than the general population. The report evaluates the impact that potential interventions could have on reducing drink driving, including both conventional road safety interventions, such as enforcement, as well as public health strategies, including rehabilitation programmes and policies to reduce alcohol supply. The report concludes that the UK’s system to prevent drink driving is no longer adequate. It recommends a comprehensive review, with a broad-based strategy, encompassing legal changes, enhanced enforcement, wider use of new technology, public health measures, media campaigns and additional research.


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  • Accession Number: 01766570
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Limited
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 9 2021 2:32PM