PER CAPITA ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION, LIVER CIRRHOSIS DEATH RATES, AND DRINKING AND DRIVING

It was hypothesized that positive correlations would exist between per capita alcohol consumption and liver cirrhosis deaths in a given area and: proportion of all drivers with positive BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration); mean BAC of drivers; and proportion of drivers with BAC greater than . 10%. Data from drinking driver surveys in 5 countries, a Canadian province, and 2 U. S. states were studied. The results showed a significant positive relationship only between per capita consumption and liver cirrhosis death rates and did not support the hypothesis that BAC's in drivers are related to alcohol consumption or liver cirrhosis deaths. Several possible reasons for this result are offered. It appears, however, that drinking in the general population and in the driving population are not significantly positively related. Thus, efforts to reduce per capita consumption may not be effective in reducing the level of drinking and driving.

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    National Safety Council

    444 North Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL  USA  60611

    National Safety Council

    425 North Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL  USA  60611
  • Authors:
    • Smart, R G
  • Publication Date: 1976-9

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  • Accession Number: 00156357
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 13 1977 12:00AM