It is well documented that the risk of road traffic injury and collision increases rapidly with alcohol consumption. Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between 20mg alcohol per 100ml blood (20mg/100ml) and 50mg/100ml have at least a 3 times greater risk of dying in a crash. This risk increases to at least six times with a BAC between 50mg/100ml and 80mg/100ml, and to 11 times with a BAC between 80mg/100ml and 100mg/100ml.
In 2015, 200 people were killed in drink drive accidents in Great Britain, 12 per cent of all deaths in reported road accidents that year. This was a decrease of 40 from the previous year, although this was not statistically significant. 1,170 people were seriously injured in drink drive accidents, a 9% increase from 2014, which was statistically significant. The total number of casualties in drink drive accidents in 2015 was 8,470, 3% more than in 2014. (Final Estimates for Accidents Involving Illegal Alcohol Levels: 2015, DfT, 2017)
Young car drivers (aged 17-24) had more drink drive accidents per 100 thousand licence holders and per billion miles driven than any other age group, and the rate declines with age.
Women are less likely than men to be involved or injured in drink-drive accidents. Most convicted drink drivers are men, however the proportion of women convicted for drink drive offences is rising.
- Date Added: 03 Apr 2012, 08:10 AM
- Last Update: 10 Aug 2017, 10:37 AM