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Title: Limited Utility of BAC for Identifying Alcohol-Related Problems Among DWI Offenders
Journal: Journal of Studies on Alcohol  Dated:(September 1992)  Pages:415- 419
Author(s): W F Wieczorek; B A Miller; T H Nochajski
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
Washington, DC 20590
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined whether or not blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is a significant indicator of problem drinking or an alcohol-related diagnosis among drunk-driving offenders.
Abstract: The study used a sample of 235 persons convicted of drunk driving who were referred for alcoholism evaluation. Offical BAC information was available at evaluation intake. All subjects had been referred to a treatment and evaluation program for drunk-driving offenders considered to have more severe alcohol-related problems than the typical drunk- driver population. Data were collected through face-to-face interviews, a clinical evaluation by program staff, and a complete Mortimer-Filkins test. The analysis focused on the relationships between BAC at the time of arrest for drunk driving, typical drinking, alcohol-related problems, problem drinking, and an alcohol abuse or dependence diagnosis. The data show that BAC and typical drinking correlated weakly, and no significant relationship between alcohol-related problems and BAC was found. Further, no significant relationship was found between BAC and alcohol abuse or dependence diagnoses, or between problem drinking and BAC. These findings cast doubt on the usefulness of a single report of BAC for diagnostic and screening purposes. Suggestions for additional research in this area are proposed. 3 tables, 2 notes, and 23 references
Main Term(s): Alcohol consumption analysis; Alcoholism detection
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
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