Monday, November 23, 2009

Brief interventions for drink drivers

Drink driving is involved in more than a third of all road deaths. Many people who persistently drink drive do not take part in rehabilitation programmes or carry on drink-driving once they get their licences back. Researchers from McGill University in Canada studied the effectiveness of two intervention programmes in treating 184 drink drivers. Half of the participants went through a Brief Motivational Interviewing treatment where they were encouraged to look at reasons to change their behaviour while the other half received information about the hazards of excessive drinking. The Brief Motivational Interviewing treatment was more effective in reducing the number of drinking days than the other treatment.

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