Expert ‘worried’ by men’s attitude to drink-driving

An expert has expressed alarm at the attitude many men have about drink-driving.

Research conducted by womens’ car insurance specialist Diamond asked 2,600 motorists about the issue of drink-driving.

Ten per cent of men would consider themselves safe to get behind the wheel after consuming between three to four units of alcohol, compared to just one in 100 women.

None of the women surveyed would consider driving after imbibing five units or more, whereas a foolhardy one per cent of men claimed they would.

The fact that 62 per cent of men are willing to drive after having an alcoholic beverage compared to 34 per cent of women, graphically illustrates the different attitudes displayed by the sexes.

Diamond managing director, Sian Lewis, commented, "These results show the effects drinking can have on your driving don’t seem to have hit home with many men. The fact that such a large percentage are happy to drive after having a drink is a real worry as any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive safely."

There were an estimated 14,480 injuries and 460 deaths that occurred in 2007 because of people going on the road while over the legal limit for alcohol.

Written by Trevor Coffee

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