Drinking Alone?

Research report

December 2015


Externally reviewed

The Effect of Alcohol Treatment Programs for Drunk Drivers on Relationship Stability

Study Paper No. 96


Written by: Signe Hald Andersen


People convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol who choose an alternative way of serving their sentences than the normal term in prison have a greater chance of preserving their marriage or cohabitation relationships. In a group of drunk drivers who participated in alcohol treatment programs, the percentage maintaining a stable relationship increased from 33 to 40 percent. The new analysis provides insight into why this should be so.