Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 103–115

Who's driving? college students' choices of transportation home after drinking


  • Laura K. McCormick
    • Center for Health Promotion Research and DevelopmentUniversity of Texas-Houston, School of Public Health
  • John Ureda
    • Department of Health Promotion and EducationUniversity of South Carolina

DOI: 10.1007/BF02407235

Cite this article as:
McCormick, L.K. & Ureda, J. J Primary Prevent (1995) 16: 103. doi:10.1007/BF02407235


Legal and educational interventions have not had a significant impact in reducing alcohol use among college students. The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency at which students placed themselves “at-risk” for alcohol-related traffic fatalities, either by driving while alcohol impaired or riding with an alcohol-impaired driver. On a given weekend night, 18% (n = 60) of students surveyed placed themselves at risk of being involved in an alcohol-related traffic fatality. Two-thirds of the “at-risk” subjects reported returning home with an alcohol-impaired driver. Recommendations are made for strengthening prevention efforts.

Key words

alcoholadolescentscollege students

Copyright information

© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1995