New Research Suggests Connection Between DUI and Mental Health

Dec 2, 2011 10:30 AM ET

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In settings where mental health disorders are common, but secondary to other problems, such as driving under the influence (DUI) offender programs, clients often do not undergo comprehensive screening for psychiatric disorders. Increasing evidence indicates that DUI offenders have high rates of other non-substance-related mental health issues, as well as alcohol-related problems1-3. Although there are multiple factors that contribute to the decision to drive under the influence, it is likely that experiencing more than one mental health disorder – comorbidity – contributes to DUI behavior and recidivism4,5Read More.