UK Drink Driving Statistics

Drink driving convictions in England, Scotland & Wales: 1966 - 2011

Drink driving accidents, casualties & deaths: 1979 - 2008


Drink driving conviction statistics

The figures in the table below represent people who were charged with and convicted of drink driving as the principal offence dealt with at court. They are slightly lower (between 14- 20%) of the total number of people convicted of drink driving as they do not include statistics that represent people who were convicted of drink driving as a secondary offence, such as those who were convicted of the principle offence of causing death by dangerous driving for example.
DRINK DRIVING CONVICTIONS - ENGLAND, WALES & SCOTLAND
Year England & Wales Scotland
  Male Female Total Male Female Total
1966 9,432 158 9,590 4,968 35 5,003
1967 9,887 151 10,038 5,309 54 5,363
1968 18,173 201 18,374 5,540 57 5,597
1969 23,417 304 23,721 6,969 67 7,036
1970 25,930 343 26,273 8,333 80 8,413
1971 38,207 567 38,774 9,642 139 8,781
1972 46,382 716 47,098 10,002 156 10,158
1973 54,077 976 55,053 11,379 186 11,565
1974 55,033 1,120 56,153 12,012 189 12,201
1975 56,757 1,388 58,145 11,435 250 11,685
1976 48,651 1,348 49,999 9,420 201 9,621
1977 43,966 1,403 45,369 8,460 231 8,691
1978 48,023 1,672 49,695 10,171 279 10,450
1979 54,352 1,968 56,320 10,594 288 10,882
1980 63,828 2,566 66,394 11,516 355 11,871
1981 58,285 2,501 60,786 10,202 347 10,549
1982 61,099 2,733 63,832 9,432 313 9,745
1983 80,651 4,019 84,670 10,397 367 10,764
1984 83,150 4,353 87,503 10,404 358 10,762
1985 88,281 4,912 93,193 10,411 405 10,816
1986 88,885 5,096 93,981 9,882 419 10,301
1987 95,588 5,585 101,173 9,497 407 9,904
1988 99,308 5,719 105,027 8,782 468 9,252
1989 95,245 5,505 100,750 7,395 402 7,797
1990 94,035 6,105
100,140
7,251 453 7,704
1991 85,748 5,982 91,730 7,000 476 7,476
1992 79,344 5,587 84,391 6,691 490 7,182
1993 75,198 5,634 80,832 6,224 488 6,712
1994 72,172 5,833 78,005 6,047 445 6,492
1995 75,174 6,290 81,464 6,170 518 6,688
1996 77,768 7,244 85,012 6,651 573 7,226
1997 81,346 7,912 89,258 7,020 678 7,698
1998 75,084 7,990 83,074 6,070 629 6,699
1999 71,637 7,868 79,505 5,761 536 6,297
2000 68,762 7,984 76,746 5,399 599 6,003
2001 68,185 7,924 76,109 5,459 651 6,115
2002 72,444 8,989 81,433 7,151 973 8,125
2003 74,243 9,539 83,782 6,589 934 7,523
2004 76,428 10,169 86,597 6,212 986 7,198
2005 74,282 10,258 84,540 6,204 982 7,186
2006 73,297 10,678 83,975 6,285 960 7,245
2007 77,529 11,694 89,223 6,008 997 7,005
2008 69,388 11,508 80,896 5,507 1,021 6,529
2009 63,709 11,702 75,411 4,601 961 5,562
2010 49,303 9,418 58,721 3,969 788 4,757
2011 41,638 8,413 50,051 4,314 967 5,281
Sources: The British Beer & Pub Association, The Home Office & Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services

Approximately 90,000 people are convicted of drink driving in the UK each and every year!

Over 90% of convicted drink drivers are male!


Drink driving death and accident statistics

Reported drink driving accidents and casualties in Great Britain 1979 - 2008
Statistics for accidents which involved illegal blood alcohol content levels
DRINK DRIVING ACCIDENTS, CASUALTIES & DEATHS: 1979 - 2008
Year Accidents   Casualties
  Fatal Serious Slight Total   Killed Serious Slight Total
1979 1380 5630 12460 19470   1640 8300 21490 31430
1980 1280 5430 11860 18570   1450 7970 20420 29830
1981 1200 4940 10900 17040   1420 7370 19160 27950
1982 1300 5420 12070 18790   1550 8010 20660 30220
1983 950 4750 11430 17130   1110 6800 18610 26520
1984 1000 4790 11540 17330   1170 6820 19410 27400
1985 900 4900 11460 17260   1040 6810 19380 27230
1986 850 4590 11510 16950   990 6440 19220 26650
1987 780 4220 10560 15560   900 5900 17670 24470
1988 680 3660 10190 14530   790 5100 16860 22750
1989 700 3390 10300 14390   810 4790 16620 22220
1990 650 2910 9650 13210   760 4090 15550 20400
1991 570 2590 8530 11690   660 3610 13610 17880
1992 540 2360 7890 10790   660 3280 12770 16710
1993 460 1870 7160 9490   540 2660 11780 14980
1994 470 2090 7330 9890   540 2840 11780 15160
1995 460 2140 7590 10190   540 3000 12450 15990
1996 480 2150 8240 10870   580 3010 13450 17040
1997 470 2140 8100 10710   550 2940 13310 16800
1998 410 1860 7840 10110   460 2520 12610 15590
1999 400 1850 8800 11050   460 2470 13980 16910
2000 450 1950 9410 11810   530 2540 14990 18060
2001 470 2020 9780 12270   530 2700 15550 18780
2002 480 2050 10620 13150   550 2790 16760 20100
2003 500 1970 9930 12400   580 2590 15820 18990
2004 520 1790 8900 11210   580 2340 14060 16980
2005 470 1540 8060 10070   550 2090 12760 15400
2006 490 1480 7430 9400   560 1970 11840 14370
2007 370 1400 7520 9290   410 1760 11850 14020
2008 380 1280 6980 8640   430 1630 10970 13030
AVG 669 2972 9468 13109   778 4171 15513 20462
Source: DFT (Department for Transport) Statistical Release

Useful Links:

UK National Statistics

Ministry of Justice Statistics

The Home Office

Scottish Government Analytical Services

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