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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.

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Journal publication date06/2008
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Journal number4
Volume34
Number of pages11
Pages415 - 425
Original languageEnglish

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.