THINK! campaign calls on young men to step in and stop their mates from drink driving Image: Open Government Licence v3.0

Young men are over-represented in alcohol-related deaths and serious injuries on the road 

Government research found that a third of people don’t think it’s important to intervene if someone they know is planning to drink and drive. A majority agreed that drink driving is unacceptable, but only 64% said it was important to step in to stop a friend drink driving.

That number drops to 45% for young males.

Figures show that 60 young drivers aged 17-24 are killed or injured each month in the UK while found to be driving over the legal alcohol limit, and young males are over represented in alcohol related deaths and serious injuries on the road.

To address this problem, THINK! has launched a campaign calling on young men to intervene and ‘Pint Block’ their mates. This follows a move in recent years to focus THINK! activity on young men aged 17-24, who are 4 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured on the road than drivers aged 25 or over.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

“Those who drink drive put both themselves and others at risk. While there has been a long-term reduction in drink driving since 1979, we are determined to reduce this number even further.

“Our THINK! Pint Block campaign is about empowering young men to step in and stop their mates drink driving, but it also carries a message for all of us that it’s important to intervene if someone we know is planning to drink and drive.”

To launch Pint Block, THINK! has commissioned 60 unique Pint Block illustrations by young artists from across the country. One for each of the 60 young drivers killed or seriously injured when found to be driving over the limit every month in the UK.

The Pint Blocks are a tongue-in-cheek way to spread the message that it’s okay, and indeed important, to step in and stop a friend from drinking alcohol if they are intending to drive.

Pint Block builds on THINK’s Mates Matter campaign. This saw the biggest shift in more than a decade in young men’s attitudes towards drink-driving. The campaign is being rolled out with the support of partners including the County FA through its grassroots football clubs, Heineken Zero, Drinkaware and insurethebox, which specialises in black box insurance for young drivers.