Assessing Fitness to Drive

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7.2.4 Substance abuse

(refer also to section 9 Substance misuse (including alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription drug misuse))

People with a ‘dual diagnosis’ of a psychiatric condition and drug or alcohol abuse are likely to be at higher risk and warrant careful consideration. The assessment should seek to identify the potential relevance of:

  • problematic alcohol consumption
  • use of illicit substances
  • prescription drug abuse (e.g. increased use of benzodiazepines, sedatives or painkillers).