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Does Alcohol Play a Role in Causing Violence?
In America, alcohol is not only a way to mark a special occasion or to simply relax after a hard
day, even its consumption is mostly regarded as a harmless activity. This mentality has put
immense burden on the American society. In reality, alcohol abuse can have a detrimental
effect on all aspects of an individual’s life and well-being, including his or her work and
relationships. However, one of the most serious risks linked with the use of alcohol is its
association with crime.
According to the
2015 report by the
National Council on
Drug Dependence
(NCADD), “Alcohol
and drugs are
implicated in an
percent of offenses
incarceration in the
United States such
violence, driving
while intoxicated,
property offenses,
drug offenses, and public-order offenses.”
As a consequence, there has been a significant rise in the prison population lately due to
crimes related to substance abuse. According to the report:

80 percent of those involved in various offenses abuse drugs or alcohol.
Nearly 50 percent of jail and prison inmates are victims of clinical addiction.
About 60 percent of offenders arrested for most types of crimes test positive for illicit
drugs at the time of arrest.

Alcohol inhibits ability to judge and make sound decisions
Alcohol being a socially and legally accepted substance plays an important role in various
criminal activities and social problems. Studies have shown 40 percent of all violent crimes
are committed under the influence of alcohol. According to the U.S. Department of Justice,
“37 percent of almost 2 million convicted offenders currently in jail report that they were
drinking at the time of their arrest.” Due to the ease of availability, alcohol is said to be the
main drug abused by offenders in all cases of murder, rape, assault, as well as child and
spousal abuse.

Since the connection between alcohol and crime is complicated, it can be difficult to ascertain
whether alcohol consumption drives individuals to commit crimes or those who drink
habitually are predisposed to such heinous offences. However, most individuals who abuse
alcohol are at a higher risk of committing grave crimes because alcohol inhibits their ability to
judge and make sound decisions.
Six most common types of crimes committed under the influence of alcohol are:

Use-related crime: Such crimes are committed by individuals who consume large
quantities of alcohol till a point where the effect of the drink clouds their thought
processes and behavior.
Economy-related crime: These crimes mostly include theft and prostitution and are
committed to fund an insatiable appetite for alcohol.
System-related crime: The structure of the system involving illicit liquor and drug
trafficking is responsible for such crimes. They may also be the outcome of different
phases, such as production, manufacture, transportation and sales of alcohol and the
resulting violence.
Juvenile crime: Four of every five children or teenagers in state juvenile justice
systems are said to have tested positive for being under the influence of alcohol at the
time of committing the crimes.
Domestic violence: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Two-thirds of victims
suffering violence by a current or former spouse or partner report that the perpetrator
had been drinking, compared to less than one-third of stranger victimizations.”
Child abuse: Family pressures and stress may cause either parent to use alcohol to
self-medicate, thereby increasing the chances of child abuse and related crime.

Staying away from alcohol
One should remember that alcohol is not a savior but a silent killer. Nevertheless, seeking
professional help and treatment is the best time-tested alternative for individuals in their
journey to recovery and sobriety.
If you are suffering from alcohol addiction and looking for a rehab center that can help you in
recovering from your addiction, the Florida Alcohol Addiction Helpline can assist you in
finding the best alcohol treatment centers in Florida. You may call us at our 24/7 helpline
number 866-220-5381 to get complete information on the best alcohol rehab centers in

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