Road Traffic Accidents Among Alcohol-Dependent Patients: The Effect of Treatment

In this study, the researchers sought to analyze the effect on traffic accidents of treatment of patients with alcohol-related problems. In doing so, the prevalence of traffic problems in patients with a diagnosed dependence on alcohol was assessed for three periods: during their lifetime, in the year preceding the start of treatment, and over the year of treatment. A prospective study was conducted on 176 patients diagnosed as alcohol dependent in three alcoholic treatment centers in Castilla y Leon, Spain. Results of this study showed that 36.9% of the alcohol-dependent patients exhibited some kind of traffic problem during their life and 8.5% in the year prior to starting treatment. The most frequent problem was positive breath tests. The next frequent problem was accidents involving vehicle damage (22.1%). Sixty-nine of the 176 patients continued receiving treatment for alcohol abuse after one year. The prevalence of traffic problems among those patients who followed treatment for 1 year (4.3%) was lower than in the year before treatment (15.9%). The study showed that treatment for alcohol abuse is also effective in reducing traffic problems, and thus, it may be advisable to allow alcohol-dependent drivers to resume driving upon successful completion of a treatment program.


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  • Accession Number: 01013424
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 17 2005 6:21PM