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The impact of completing a drink driving rehabilitation program on future drinking : the clients’ perspective

Sheehan, Mary C. & Wilson, Hollie (2011) The impact of completing a drink driving rehabilitation program on future drinking : the clients’ perspective. In ICADTS Symposium : The Road Ahead for Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety : Evolution, Revolution, and Research Needs, 8 September 2011, Potsdam. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The paper explores the role and focus of drink driving rehabilitation programs. It is particularly concerned with whether programs that specifically focus on reducing driving after drinking also have a positive effect on clients’ levels of drinking.

A sample of volunteering clients was recruited while they were participating in the Australian “Under the Limit” program and they were followed up at least three months post completion. Response rates were very low and the sample is assumed to reflect the views and outcomes of persons who felt positive about the program. Clients reported large and meaningful reductions in their drinking and in their drink driving. They also reported important moves towards action and change in their drinking habits. The findings deserve to be followed up given the fact that drink driving programs are generally of much shorter duration than alcohol focussed interventions. There is a need for further research in this area and for developing more effective recruitment strategies.

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ID Code: 47119
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: drink driving intervention, drink driving rehabilitation, drink driving research
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
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
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Mary Sheehan & Hollie Wilson
Deposited On: 22 Nov 2011 10:00
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 01:47

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