ALCOHOL-RELATED PROBLEMS IN POLAND, 1950-1981

Driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.2 per mille and over is considered a misdemeanor in Poland. The rate of drinking and driving misdemeanours per 1000 registered vehicles indicates an increase from 1962 to 1966, followed by a decline. The increase in these rates in 1973, in the midst of a general decline, is likely to have resulted from the change in the law. Previously the cases of heavier intoxication while driving (0,5 per mille and more) were considered as crimes. A new regulation which came into effect in 1971 and which made all acts of driving misdemeanours -including those with blood alcohol content of over 0,5 per mille. For fatal accidents the percentage involving alcohol fluctuated from 1954 to 1974, with a high of 26,2% in 1968, and the lowest (15,4%) occurring in 1973. The proportion of injury accidents declined between 1954 and the early 1960s, and since then has been stable until 1974. However, all three proportions demonstrated an increase between 1974 and 1975. The dramatic increase apparent in those in which deaths occurred at the site of the accident or within 30 days. As a result of these changes the general number of accidents declined while the number of fatal accidents and accidents resulting in injury grew. (TRRL) Definition of a fatal accident was changed to include.

  • 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:
    • Morawski, J
  • Publication Date: 1983

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  • Accession Number: 00395583
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ANALYTIC
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1986 12:00AM