Knowledge and behaviors of drunk-driving offenders in Guangzhou, China

Keqin Jia, Judy Fleiter, Mark King, Mary Sheehan, Wenjun Ma, Jianzhen Zhang


Jia, K., Fleiter, J., King, M., Sheehan, M., Ma, W., & Zhang, J. (2015). Knowledge and behaviors of drunk-driving offenders in Guangzhou, China. The International Journal Of Alcohol And Drug Research, 4(2), 151-158. doi:

Aims: To better understand the knowledge and behaviors of drunk-driving offenders relating to alcohol use and driving in the
context of recently amended Chinese legislation, and to investigate the involvement of alcohol-use disorders.

Design: The study was a cross-sectional survey conducted in 2012.

Setting and participants: Data were collected at a local jail and 101 participants were recruited while in detention.

Measures: Questionnaire items examined demographic characteristics as well as practices and knowledge relating to alcohol use
and driving. The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) was used to assess hazardous drinking levels.

Findings: Knowledge about the two legal limits for “drink driving” and for “drunk driving” was low, at 28.3% and 41.4%,
respectively. AUDIT scores indicated that a substantial proportion of the offenders had high levels of alcohol-use disorders.
Higher AUDIT scores were found among the least experienced drivers, those who lacked knowledge about the legal limits, and
recidivist drunk drivers.

Conclusions: Limited awareness of legal alcohol limits might contribute to offending; high AUDIT scores suggest that
hazardous drinking levels may also contribute. This study provides important information to assist in refining community
education and prevention efforts.


drink driving; drunk driving; offender; China; AUDIT

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