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Research Study Reveals Profile for Female Drink-drivers

Published: May 26, 2011.
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Female drink-drivers are more likely to be older, better-educated and divorced, widowed or separated, research has shown. The study by academics at The University of Nottingham found that emotional factors and mental health problems were common triggers in alcohol-related offences committed by women.


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