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Drinking and driving among high-risk young Mexican-American men.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16870127     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Determinants of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) were explored among a sample of relatively young Mexican-American males with limited income and education, high levels of alcohol consumption, and regular vehicle use. Data were collected using questionnaires (N=104) and focus groups (N=27), including a focus group with wives and girlfriends (N=4). Four mechanisms that may contribute to the high rate of DUI behavior in this population were identified: (1) a subculture of permissiveness toward drinking and driving for men, (2) heavy drinking, promoted by machismo and a propensity to measure masculinity with alcohol intake, (3) inadequate knowledge of DUI statutes and inadequate understanding of the relationships between BAC, impairment, and crash risk, and (4) for undocumented drivers, lack of accountability in case of an alcohol-related incident.
Dary D Fiorentino; Dale E Berger; Juan R Ramirez
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2006-07-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Accident; analysis and prevention     Volume:  39     ISSN:  0001-4575     ISO Abbreviation:  Accid Anal Prev     Publication Date:  2007 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-12-05     Completed Date:  2007-03-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254476     Medline TA:  Accid Anal Prev     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  16-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Psychology Department, Claremont Graduate University, 123 East Eighth Street, Claremont, CA 91711, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Traffic / statistics & numerical data
Alcohol Drinking / ethnology*
Alcoholic Intoxication / ethnology*
Automobile Driving / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Focus Groups
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Surveys
Men / psychology*
Mexican Americans / psychology*
Middle Aged
Risk Assessment
United States / epidemiology

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