Baseline study of alcohol dependence among general drivers and drunk driving offenders in Guangzhou, China

Jia, K., King, Mark, Sheehan, M., Fleiter, J. J., Ma, W. and Zhang, J. (2013). Baseline study of alcohol dependence among general drivers and drunk driving offenders in Guangzhou, China. In: Proceedings of the 2013 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing & Education Conference. RSRPE 2013: Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (1-13). 28-30 August 2013.

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Author Jia, K.
King, Mark
Sheehan, M.
Fleiter, J. J.
Ma, W.
Zhang, J.
Title of paper Baseline study of alcohol dependence among general drivers and drunk driving offenders in Guangzhou, China
Conference name RSRPE 2013: Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 28-30 August 2013
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 2013 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing & Education Conference
Place of Publication Brisbane, Australia
Publisher The Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS)
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This study aimed to investigate drink driving in a sample of general drivers and convicted drunk driving offenders in Guangzhou, China. The study also aimed to explore some potential factors that impact on alcohol-related driving behaviour. Samples of 406 general drivers and 101 drunk driving offenders were recruited between May and October 2012. A survey was used to collect information about demographic characteristics, knowledge, attitudes and practices related to drink driving. The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) was used to assess possible drinking problems. The average age reported for starting to drink alcohol for both groups of participants was around 19 years old. The mean AUDIT score of general drivers was 7.4 (SD = 5.4) representing a low level of alcohol problems, and for convicted drunk driving offenders was 11.1 (SD = 5.9) representing a medium level of alcohol problems (significant difference between means, t = 5.75, p < 0.001). AUDIT scores indicated that a substantial proportion (65%) of the offenders had medium to high levels of alcohol use disorders, compared with 38.5% among general drivers. Offenders who knew the drunk driving legal limit had a lower AUDIT score (M = 9.8, SD = 5.16) than those who did not know it (M = 12.2, SD = 6.257, t = -1.987. p = 0.05). In addition, offenders who were novice drivers (licensed less than 2 years) had a higher AUDIT score (M = 16.4, SD = 7.6) than the other three driver experience categories used.
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