Drink-walking: An examination of the related behaviour and attitudes of young people in Queensland

O'Connor, Erin L., Tay, Richard S., Watson, Barry C., Edmonston, Colin J., & Lang, Cathryne P. (2004) Drink-walking: An examination of the related behaviour and attitudes of young people in Queensland. In The NSW Local Government Road Safety Conference, September 2004.

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While huge inroads have been made into the drink driving problem in Queensland over the last decade, the prevalence of alcohol-related pedestrian crashes has been steadily increasing. Young people (17-29 years) are over-represented in this type of pedestrian crash. A study of 534 people, including 328 participants aged 17-24 years old, was conducted to examine the issue of drink-walking as part of a larger program of research examining youth and risk-taking behaviour. The study involved breath testing and surveying patrons as they left selected licensed premises. Survey items addressed past experiences of drink-walking behaviour, knowledge and perceptions of the dangers and legal consequences associated with both drinkwalking and drink driving, trip planning, and factors influencing the modal choice. Results revealed that young people are more likely to drink-walk and rated the likelihood of being hurt whilst drink-walking on or near roads as lower than participants over 24 years of age. However, 53% of under 25 years old recalled situations in which they or another person had been hurt whilst drink-walking. The implications of the findings for the design of educational campaigns and other interventions are discussed.

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ID Code: 10191
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Drink walking, alcohol, pedestrian, exit surveys, Blood Alcohol Content
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (The Authors)
Deposited On: 02 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:47

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