In Switzerland the number of motor vehicles more than doubled between 1965 and 1978. Alcohol-related traffic accidents have increased in relation to total traffic accidents since the early 1960s: in 1963, the proportion was 6.8%; by 1978 it was 9.6%. If the number of injuries in alcohol related traffic accidents is considered as a proportion of total injuries in traffic accidents, an increase of approximately 100% is evident for this time period -from 6.4% to 12,1%. In 1954, approximately 12% of all fatal accidents were alcohol related, but by 1978 this was the case in about 18% of all fatalities. The rate of automobile drivers convicted of driving in an intoxicated state is probably not only dependent on the average consumption of alcoholic beverages and the related attitudes towards the drinking of alcohol, but just as much of the general preventive effect of police control measures. It is noteworthy that although the withdrawals of driving licenses related to alcohol controls more than tripled from 1954 to 1977, in comparison to withdrawals of driving licenses for other reasons there was a decrease from 60% to 45%. (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:
    • Muller, R
  • Publication Date: 1983

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  • Accession Number: 00395582
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ANALYTIC
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1986 12:00AM