Twelve-month Prevalence and Changes in Driving After Drinking: United States, 1991-1992 and 2001-2002

This article considers the existing gap in public health knowledge regarding the current prevalence of driving after drinking and how this has changed over the past decade. The authors examined prevalence rates of drinking and driving in 2001-2002, and changes in those prevalence rates from 1991-1992. The results showed an overall prevalence of driving after drinking of 2.9 percent in 2001-2002, compared to 3.7 percent prevalence rate from 1991-1992, reflecting a 22% reduction. The authors note that the male-female differentials in the rate of driving after drinking decreased over the past decade. However, the sex ratios increased substantially for underaged youth over the past decade, highlighting a sharp decrease in prevalence of driving after drinking among 18- to 20-year-old women. The authors identified constant and emerging subgroups at high risk for drinking and driving, including Whites, Native Americans, males, underaged young adults, and 21- to 25-year-olds. The authors discuss these results in the context of strengthening existing prevention and intervention efforts, particularly those that address the sociodemographic differentials observed in this study.

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  • Authors:
    • Chou, S Patricia
    • Grant, Bridget F
    • Dawson, Deborah A
    • Stinson, Frederick S
    • Saha, Tulshi
    • Pickering, Roger P
  • Publication Date: 2006


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 143-151
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  • Accession Number: 01055983
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 29 2007 9:12PM