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14August2013

Men more likely to drink and drive?

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Men are much more likely to than women to drink-drive according to a new study.

Twenty-seven per cent of men admitted to driving over the legal limit compared with just 10 per cent of women.

11 per cent still insist they can drive after three drinks, while only 1 per cent of women agree.

The findings follow figures released this month suggesting drink-drive deaths rose 26 per cent last year to 290, from 230 in 2011.

The YouGov survey of 3,120 drivers found 36 per cent of men have driven the morning after drinking despite suspecting they were over the limit.

A spokesperson of insurer Admiral, which commissioned the research, warned: ‘With summer in full swing and a bank holiday later this month, it’s vital people are aware of how much alcohol they are consuming.

The difference between men and women is a worry. It appears the message is getting through to women, but not so effectively with men.’

The poll, which coincides with a national police crackdown on drink driving, identified a small core of habitual drink-drivers.

Of those who admitted to drink-driving, 2 per cent said they did on a regular basis, and a further 5 per cent said it was occasionally.

The results also highlighted the confusion over the legal limit.

To view more information on the legal drink driving limit, please visit our drink driving page.

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