Knowledge and behaviors of drunk-driving offenders in Guangzhou, China

Jia, Keqin, Fleiter, Judy, King, Mark, Sheehan, Mary, Ma, Wenjun, & Zhang, Jianzhen (2015) Knowledge and behaviors of drunk-driving offenders in Guangzhou, China. International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research, 4(2), pp. 151-158.

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To better understand the knowledge and behaviors of drunk-driving offenders relating to alcohol use and driving in the context of recently amended Chinese legislation, and to investigate the involvement of alcohol-use disorders.


The study was a cross-sectional survey conducted in 2012.

Setting and participants: Data were collected at a local jail and 101 participants were recruited while in detention.


Questionnaire items examined demographic characteristics as well as practices and knowledge relating to alcohol use and driving. The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) was used to assess hazardous drinking levels.


Knowledge about the two legal limits for “drink driving” and for “drunk driving” was low, at 28.3% and 41.4%, respectively. AUDIT scores indicated that a substantial proportion of the offenders had high levels of alcohol-use disorders. Higher AUDIT scores were found among the least experienced drivers, those who lacked knowledge about the legal limits, and recidivist drunk drivers.


Limited awareness of legal alcohol limits might contribute to offending; high AUDIT scores suggest that hazardous drinking levels may also contribute. This study provides important information to assist in refining community education and prevention efforts.

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ID Code: 86963
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: drink driving, drunk driving, offender, China, AUDIT
DOI: 10.7895/ijadr.v4i2.203
ISSN: 1925-7066
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
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research
Deposited On: 27 Aug 2015 03:30
Last Modified: 16 May 2016 12:03

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