As many as 68 percent of Vietnamese drinkers drive home on their own and exhibit dangerous traffic behaviour.

Most of these drivers are in violation of traffic laws, with 36% not putting on turn signals, 26% going in the wrong direction, and 17% not turning on their lights, according to data presented at a recent conference on the effects of alcohol abuse on motorcycles and car control.

This year, the conference reported that drunk driving has caused 70-80 percent of road accidents.

Most drivers have agreed that alcohol consumption is more likely to cause traffic accidents.

According to traffic police statistics nationally, the number of alcohol-related traffic accidents was 4 percent, while in HCMC and southern Binh Duong Province the rate was 5 percent and 12 percent respectively.

According to the 2016 Global Burden of Disease Survey, Vietnamese people still consume the most alcohol in the world, consuming more than five standard drinks a day, indicating 50 grams of alcohol on average.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 40 percent of traffic accidents in Vietnam are related to excessive drinking, an alarming rate for a country where road crashes kill a person every hour on average.

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Original news via vnexpress and photo courtesy of thanhnien