SOME CONSEQUENCES OF THE INCREASE IN ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION IN IRELAND SINCE 1950

Prosecution and convictions for driving or attempting to drive a motor propelled vehicle while drunk is another consequence which has been the subject of great variation both in relation to the law and its application during the time period under survey. In the earlier years of the 1950s and the 1960s prosecutions for drunkenness were supported by "soft" medical evidence as to drunkenness. Later in the 1960s a urine test followed by a blood sample was introduced. At first the level was 125 milligrams % where blood alcohol was concerned, later in 1978 this level was reduced to 100 milligrams %. Since 1961 the number of prosecutions has increased from 651 with a peak of 8364 in 1980, followed by a sharp decline. However, it appears that 1979 and 1978 have seen a more determined attitude on the part of the police with a very high number of prosecutions and also a relatively successful conviction rate. (Author/ TRRL)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Consequences of Drinking. Trends in Alcohol Problem Statistics in Seven Countries.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Addiction Research Foundation

    33 Russel Street
    Toronto, ONo,   Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Walsh, D
  • Publication Date: 1983

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  • Accession Number: 00395579
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ANALYTIC
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1986 12:00AM