Behavioral Group Therapy with Drunk-Driving Offenders

  • Gerard J. Connors
  • Stephen A. Maisto
  • Linda C. Sobell
  • Mark B. Sobell
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series


Motor vehicle accidents have become the major cause of accidental mortality and morbidity in industrial nations (Havard, 1975), and alcohol consumption has been cited as the most significant contributor to such accidents (Seppala, Lin-noila, & Mattila, 1979). Of the approximately 50,000 traffic accident mortalities that occur yearly in the United States, it has been estimated that as many as 78% of these victims are drivers with some level of alcohol in their blood (Reed, 1982). Of course, a measurable blood alcohol level does not necessarily mean that a driver is “drunk” nor that there is a causal relationship between alcohol consumption and accident involvement. In fact, Zylman (1975) has suggested that perhaps only 30% of traffic deaths can be linked to alcohol consumption in some causal manner. Nevertheless, when all is taken into account, the impact of drinking drivers assuredlv remains immense.


Drinking Behavior Drunk Driving Behavioral Group Skill Training Program Fatal Crash 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerard J. Connors
    • 1
  • Stephen A. Maisto
    • 2
  • Linda C. Sobell
    • 3
  • Mark B. Sobell
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Texas Medical School at HoustonHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Veterans Administration Medical CenterProvidenceUSA
  3. 3.Addiction Research FoundationTorontoCanada

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