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TitleUsual drinking and drink driving behaviour of injured male drivers and riders: a comparison between those with zero and high BAC
AuthorsHolubowycz OT, Kloeden CN, McLean AJ
TypeConference Paper
AbstractDetailed interviews were conducted with a representative sample of drivers and motorcycle riders admitted to the major trauma hospital in South Australia between June 1985 and July 1987 and not discharged on the day of, or the day following, admission. The results of the mandatory blood alcohol tests were also obtained. This paper examines the usual drinking behaviour and the attitudes and drink-driving behaviour reported by crash-involved male drivers (of cars, car derivatives and vans) and motorcycle riders, who reported consuming alcohol during the month prior to hospitalisation. Those who drank only very rarely, abstained completely or, because of unusual circumstances, did not drink in the preceding month, are excluded from consideration. A BAC of zero was recorded for 198 male drivers and motorcycle riders, of whom 153 (77.3%) reported that they had consumed alcohol in the month preceding the crash. All those with positive BACs reported that they drank alcohol during that period, with the exception of one individual who did so only on the night of the crash and has therefore been excluded from the data presented here. The tables present data for four BAC groups, namely zero BAC, .001-.079 g/100 mL, .080-. 149 and. 150 or above, whereas statistical analyses are confined to a comparison of drinking behaviour between those with a BAC of zero and those with a high BAC, defined as .080 or above on presentation to hospital.
Publisher CityKew
Conference NameAustralasian Drink-Drive Conference 1993
Conference LocationMelbourne, Australia
Conference Date22-23 November 1993
Page Range121-130
Page Count10
NotesAvailable from the CASR library on request

Holubowycz OT, Kloeden CN, McLean AJ (1994) 'Usual drinking and drink driving behaviour of injured male drivers and riders: a comparison between those with zero and high BAC', Proceedings of Australasian Drink-Drive Conference 1993, pp 121-130.