Strategies to reduce driving under the influence of alcohol

Annu Rev Public Health. 1998:19:359-78. doi: 10.1146/annurev.publhealth.19.1.359.


The purpose of this review is to update research on the prevention of alcohol-related traffic deaths since the 1988 Surgeon General's Workshop on Drunk Driving. Four primary areas of research are reviewed here: (a) general deterrence policies, (b) alcohol control policies, (c) mass communications campaigns, including advertising restrictions, and (d) community traffic safety programs. Modern efforts to combat drunk driving in the United States began with specific deterrence strategies to punish convicted drunk drivers, and then evolved to include general deterrence strategies that were targeted to the population as a whole. Efforts next expanded to include the alcohol side of the problem, with measures installed to decrease underage drinking and excessive alcohol consumption. In the next several years, greater efforts are needed on all these fronts. Also needed, however, are programs that integrate drunk driving prevention with other traffic safety initiatives.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / prevention & control*
  • Alcohol Drinking / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Alcohol Drinking / prevention & control*
  • Automobile Driving / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Public Policy*
  • United States