Effectiveness of mass media campaigns for reducing drinking and driving and alcohol-involved crashes: a systematic review

Am J Prev Med. 2004 Jul;27(1):57-65. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2004.03.002.


A systematic review of the effectiveness of mass media campaigns for reducing alcohol-impaired driving (AID) and alcohol-related crashes was conducted for the Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide). In eight studies that met quality criteria for inclusion in the review, the median decrease in alcohol-related crashes resulting from the campaigns was 13% (interquartile range: 6% to 14%). Economic analyses of campaign effects indicated that the societal benefits were greater than the costs. The mass media campaigns reviewed were generally carefully planned, well executed, attained adequate audience exposure, and were implemented in conjunction with other ongoing prevention activities, such as high visibility enforcement. According to Community Guide rules of evidence, there is strong evidence that, under these conditions, mass media campaigns are effective in reducing AID and alcohol-related crashes.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / prevention & control*
  • Accidents, Traffic / statistics & numerical data
  • Alcoholic Intoxication / prevention & control*
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Health Education*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Mass Media*
  • Persuasive Communication*