Latest Research: Prevalence and correlates of self-harm among a sample of repeat DUI offenders

Background: Driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances (DUI) and suicide are both persistent but potentially preventable public health problems. DUI offenders, particularly those who have repeatedly offended, report elevated risk for many suicide risk factors. However, researchers have not systematically studied associations between repeat DUI and suicide. Methods: Out of a population of 729…

Latest Research: Psychiatric comorbidity among first-time and repeat DUI offenders

The current study compares psychiatric comorbidity among repeat and first-time DUI offenders. First-time and repeat DUI offenders completed the screener module of the Computerized Assessment and Referral System (CARS), adapted from the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI: Kessler & Ustun, 2004), to measure potential psychiatric comorbidity.

Latest Research: Externalizing and self-medicating: Heterogeneity among repeat DUI offenders.

Abstract AIM: Despite significant reductions in Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in the United States during recent decades, DUI continues to be a major public health threat. The current study investigated the intersection of two domains known to influence DUI: criminal history and psychiatric comorbidity. METHODS: DUI recidivists (N = 743) attending a court-mandated two-week inpatient DUI…

CARS v1.05 Released

The CARS development team spent a lot of time this winter working on security enhancements and improving functionality in CARS. Today, we are proud to release CARS v.1.05 – the latest update to CARS, available at the CARS Download page. This update includes new password requirements for CARS users. The CARS toolbar will now lock…

Dr. Sarah Nelson interviewed on WPR

Dr. Sarah Nelson joined Central Time on Wisconsin Public Radio to discuss CARS and the pilot program in Wisconsin. http://www.carstrainingcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Dr_Nelson_CARS_NPR-2.mp3

Announcing the Release of CARS

For the past six years, the Division on Addiction has collaborated with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) to develop a mental health screening and assessment tool that can be used in programs that work with DUI offenders and beyond. Today, we are excited to be able to make that tool, the Computerized Assessment…

The BASIS: What influences DUI?

At the Division on Addiction, we have studied DUI behavior for a long time – almost 12 years. We have established a connection between repeated DUI behavior and mental health diagnosis. We have quantified that connection and replicated it (Nelson, Belkin, LaPlante, Bosworth, & Shaffer, in press; Shaffer et al., 2007). We have shared those…

The BASIS: Special Series on DUI

President Reagan proclaimed the first National Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness Week during December, 1982. Back then, more than 25,000 Americans were killed each year as a result of alcohol- or drug-related crashes. President Reagan’s proclamation marked the launch of sustained national efforts to cut the rate of drunk and drugged driving. When President Obama…