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|Self-reported drinking and driving amongst educated adults in Spain: The "Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra" (SUN) cohort findings|
|Authors: ||Segui-Gomez, M. (María)|
Palma, S. (Silvia)
Guillen-Grima, F. (Francisco)
Irala, J. (Jokin) de
Martinez-Gonzalez, M.A. (Miguel Ángel)
|Keywords: ||Materias Investigacion::Ciencias de la Salud::Salud pública|
|Issue Date: ||2007|
|Publisher: ||BioMed Central|
|Citation: ||BMC Public Health 2007; 7: 55.|
Background: The role of alcohol as a risk factor for motor vehicle crashes is long known. Yet, reports on the prevalence of drinking and driving suggest values between 20%–30% when the adult driving population is interviewed. We wondered whether these values hold true among European educated citizens and whether there are any significant differences in prevalence by age, gender, type of profession and other lifestyle indicators.
Methods: Cross-sectional analyses of baseline data from a cohort of university graduates in Spain (SUN study). Answered questionnaires contained items on current drinking and driving practices,
together with data on socio-demographic characteristics and lifestyle habits. Chi square, Fisher test, and multivariate logistic regression were used to investigate the impact of several variables on
drinking and driving practices. Analyses were stratified by gender.
Results: Almost 30% of the participants reported "sometimes" drinking and driving. This percent increased to 47% when "almost never" was also included as a positive answer to the drinking and driving practice question. These percentages varied significantly by gender, with up to 64% of men reporting "sometimes" or "almost never" vs. 36% of women doing so. Drinking and driving practices also differed by overall alcohol consumption habits, smoking, use of safety belts, and notably, type of profession.
Conclusion: Our findings are amongst the first on the high prevalence of drinking and driving among Spanish. Particularly worrisome is the fact that health professionals reported this habit even
at higher rates. Multidisciplinary interventions (e.g., legal, educational, economic) are needed to reduce this serious health risk.
|Permanent link: ||http://hdl.handle.net/10171/4929|
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