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The Association between Psychological Distress and Alcohol Consumption Behaviour in Risky Driving

Liu, S., Stephens, A., Fitzharris, M.

Driver Psychology 2

ARSC conference 2017

The present research explores how mental health related risk factors such as psychological distress and alcohol consumption patterns predict risky driving behaviour, as measured by the Driver Behaviour Questionnaire (DBQ). Questionnaire data from 1,365 participants who took part in a case-control study were used. Findings suggest that psychological distress was predictive of errors, lapses, violations and aggressive violations, whilst alcohol consumption was associated with violations and aggressive violations only. These findings demonstrate the significant contribution of mental health in risky driving behaviour.