Young people driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs

A qualitative study of alcohol use, drug use and car driving among 17-24 year old Danish youth

Aim

This study has three main purposes: To investigate in which situations young people drive under the influence of alcohol and other drugs To investigate which social, normative and material circumstances that enable driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs among young people. To investigate knowledge and attitudes towards driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs among young people who drink and/or drug drive.

Background

Young people’s drunk and drug driving receives considerable attention both in the Danish media and among professionals. We know from existing studies that young people are overrepresented in statistics on drug and drunk driving. We also know that young people’s party practices, in which alcohol and other drug use often occur, is characterized by movements between places. However, a remarkable knowledge gap still exists around how and in which situations alcohol and other drug related risk behavior among young drivers emerge, and in particular in the Danish context. The overall aim with this interview-based pilot study is to generate qualitative knowledge of these matters with a prevention purpose.

The Study

The empirical foundation of the study is 25 qualitative in-depth interviews with young people between 17-24 years of age, who have personal experiences with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The study pays particular attention to how contextual forces, such as social relationships, local norms and the material constitutions of for example a party contribute to the emergence of drug and drunk driving. Furthermore, we aim to explore the width of contexts (i.e. not only partying) that young people’s driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs emerge in.

Funding

The study is fundet by Rådet for Sikker Trafik and Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research.

Collaborations

The study is carried out in collaboration with Rådet for Sikker Trafik.