Alcohol, Cannabis and New Drivers


This is the topic of a chapter in the new Handbook of Teen and Novice Drivers: Research, Practice, Policy, and Directions.

The authors discuss the problem of new drivers learning to drive and use alcohol and cannabis, the epidemiology of driving after drinking and using marijuana, the effects of alcohol and cannabis on driving skills, and prevention efforts in both alcohol and cannabis use and driving.

While rates of driving under the influence of cannabis have only recently been examined, the rates among young drivers equals or exceeds that of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Unfortunately, efforts to prevent marijuana intoxication while driving are in their infancy.

As I’ve posted in previous articles, driving under the influence of marijuana intoxication is a key risk associated with recreational and medical cannabis use.

Of particular concern is the crash risk to youth, which as seen in this chapter, is greater than among older drivers because young people may be learning the complex process of driving and also using cannabis and/or alcohol.

A key prevention strategy to address this problem is to implement evidence-based programs shown to effectively reduce alcohol and marijuana use among youth.

A practical, single-session program like SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness can be tailored for implementation in nearly any setting where youth are found, including schools, youth groups, sports and recreation programs, clinics, faith-based organizations and homes.

A communication strategy like the Marijuana Awareness Media Campaign can also be used to correct myths regarding marijuana harm potential and improve norms and beliefs regarding marijuana use alone and in combination with driving.

Read the full chapter on Alcohol, Cannabis and New Drivers:https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=5TeLDQAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PT253&ots=oTx_7sbv7w&sig=Ri4W1wJwABDbkUd-b8apcl4J_Nc#v=onepage&q&f=false

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