Drunk driving among American blacks and Hispanics

Accid Anal Prev. 1991 Feb;23(1):1-11. doi: 10.1016/0001-4575(91)90029-5.


This paper reports the results of a literature search to determine the extent and nature of minority group involvement in drunk driving. Most of the research supports the view that American blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately more likely to be drunk drivers. However, the evidence is not fully consistent. The general relationship seems to be reduced or even reversed for minority youth. Furthermore, studies based on self-reported behavior contradict those based on official statistics such as alcohol-related deaths, traffic arrests, and accidents. Self reports generally show less drunk driving among the minority groups.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • African Americans*
  • Age Factors
  • Alcoholic Intoxication / epidemiology
  • Alcoholic Intoxication / ethnology*
  • Automobile Driving / statistics & numerical data*
  • Hispanic or Latino*
  • Humans
  • United States