A total of 1,069 Los Angeles County employees were counceled and referred to treatment by the Occupational Health Services (OHS) countermeasure. In addition, 22 training sessions were conducted in several County departments where a large number of employees are requred to drive on business. Los Angeles County has continued the funding of ASAP's OHS employees, carried on ASAP's drinking and driving activities, and expanded the size of the Alcohol Unit to 11 employees. The OHS client tends to be a middle-aged White married male who functions as an unskilled worker and earns between $6,000 to $12,000 a year. 13.4 percent of the OHS sample experienced alcohol-related driving violations, and 7.5 percent showed crash involvement during the measured recidivism period. Comparison between problem drinkers versus others showed a statistically significant difference with respect to alcohol-related priors and prior accidents. 44.7 percent of problem drinkers compared to 19.4 percent of others had two or more alcohol-related priors. 7.4 percent of problem drinkers experienced two prior accidents, while none of the others had higher than one. Recidivism data presented converse results; 11.7 percent of problem drinkers experienced alcohol-related violoations while 16.7 percent of the other group did. Comparing the OHS sample with another group of ASAP referrals (Alcoholism Council) indicated a differential basis with respect to alcohol-related priors, prior accidents, and non-alcohol-related priors. The Alcoholism Council sample showed more involvement in those prior violations. Yet, OHS presented higher alcohol-related recidivism rates than the other group, 13.4 percent compared to 8 percent, as well as higher accident rates, 7.5 percent compared to 4.5 percent. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Los Angeles County, California

    Alcohol Safety Action Project, 1540 Alcazar
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90033
  • Authors:
    • Beshai, N N
  • Publication Date: 1975-8

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 23 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00132093
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-161-2-252
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 1 2003 12:00AM