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February 8, 2023

Bucharest leads in top of driving under influence

A survey commissioned recently by a beer-producing company indicates 22 per cent of young Romanian drivers in urban areas drove at least once under the influence of alcohol, while 2 per cent frequently drink and drive. The respondents justified their actions by saying that, when they go out by car, although determined not to drink, end up having a drink, under pressure from the entourage. In terms of figures per city, the study shows over a third of young people in Bucharest, that is, 35 per cent, drove at least once under the influence and 3.5 per cent do it on a regular basis. A similar trend is reported among the young people in Buzau, so that approximately 30 per cent of them stated they were, at least once, in a drink-and-drive situation. Young people in Brasov take the opposite end of the spectrum, as 96 per cent of them claim they have never driven under the influence, while 22 per cent of the young drivers in Timisoara and Cluj broke the law, climbing behind the wheel after drinking. The study was conducted on a sample of 1,000 respondents, aged 18 to 30, in cities including Bucharest, Buzau, Brasov, Cluj and Timisoara.


According to a Euro-poll, over 29 per cent of young Romanian people, aged 15 to 24, drink alcohol in excess every week. In the EU representatives’ definition, excessive consumption equals five or more glasses of alcohol on one occasion. Thus, young people are the most vulnerable to intoxication or other side effects of alcohol – accidental injuries, fights or other violent acts. There is no definitive ranking as regards excessive alcohol consumption, but levels above the European average (29 pc) are reported in Romania, Ireland, Germany and Austria, followed by the United Kingdom, Spain, Greece and Italy.

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