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Effects of the introduction of on premise drinking on alcohol related accidents and impaired driving

Effects of the introduction of on premise drinking on alcohol related accidents and impaired driving

Journal of Studies on Alcohol 37(5): 683-686

In 1973, lounges for the on-premise consumption of alcoholic beverages were opened in Owen Sound (population 18,469), Ontario [Canada] for the 1st time in 66 yr. The numbers of accidents and alcohol-related traffic problems during 1970-72 and 1973-74 in Owen Sound were compared with those of Collingwood (population 9775), a nearby city, which had had on-premise consumption continuously. Owen Sound experienced no greater increase than Collingwood in the total number of accidents, nighttime accidents, alcohol-involved accidents or in charges of impaired driving in the period following the lounge openings. The numbers of accidents in which the drivers had BAC [blood alcohol concentration] of 0.08% or over decreased from 61 to 57 in Owen Sound and increased from 22 to 44 in Collingwood. Previously, on-premise consumption people in Owen Sound had to drive further to drink and hence were more exposed to alcohol-related traffic problems.

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DOI: 10.15288/jsa.1976.37.683

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