Chronic drinking, binge drinking and drunk driving

Psychol Rep. 1997 Apr;80(2):681-2. doi: 10.2466/pr0.1997.80.2.681.


Data from the Brief Risk Factor Surveillance System on 47 states were examined in an ecological analysis of the relationship between rates of binge drinking, chronic drinking, and driving while intoxicated (DWI). DWI rates were significantly associated with rates of binge drinking but not with chronic heavy drinking. This finding has implications for the nature and targets of efforts toward prevention.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / psychology
  • Accidents, Traffic / statistics & numerical data*
  • Adult
  • Alcoholic Intoxication / epidemiology*
  • Alcoholism / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Risk Factors
  • United States / epidemiology