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Risk factors for a first-time drink-driving conviction among young men:a birth cohort study of all men born in Denmark in 1966.

Christoffersen, Mogens Nygaard and Soothill, Keith and Francis, Brian (2008) Risk factors for a first-time drink-driving conviction among young men:a birth cohort study of all men born in Denmark in 1966. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 34 (4). 415 - 425. ISSN 0740-5472

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Abstract

Using a complete birth cohort of all young men born in 1966 in Denmark (N = 43,403), the prevalence of a first-time drink-driving conviction among young men is estimated. More than 7% of the total male birth cohort was so convicted before the age of 27 years. In an examination of risk factors for a first-time drink-driving conviction, young adults coming from potentially vulnerable groups have an increased risk. Earlier criminal convictions of various types were also significant predictors of drink driving. Situational pressures also play a part and are controlled for, with the risk of a drink-driving conviction increased substantially in rural areas compared to metropolitan areas. The study concludes that disadvantages during adolescence, including parental substance abuse, having a teenage mother, and domestic violence, are associated with a first-time drink-driving conviction.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Uncontrolled Keywords: Driving under the influence ; Drink driving ; Conviction ; Childhood factors ; Risk factors ; Life course
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
Faculty of Science and Technology > Mathematics and Statistics
ID Code: 28021
Deposited By: Prof Brian Francis
Deposited On: 02 Nov 2009 11:17
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2013 15:17
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/28021

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