Alcohol-related violence : prevention and treatment by Mary McMurran

By Mary McMurran

New within the Wiley sequence in Forensic scientific Psychology, Alcohol-Related Violence: Prevention and remedy offers a entire selection of intervention recommendations to minimize alcohol-related aggression and violence. Drawing on contributions from internationally-renowned lecturers and practitioners, chapters describe evidence-based interventions at a couple of degrees, together with populations, barroom, families, Read more...

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For example, research on a US national sample showed that conservative Protestants were less likely to consume alcohol than those with no religion, Catholics, liberal Protestants, Lutherans, and Jews (Bock, Cochran, and Beeghley, 1987). In a study carried out in Lebanon involving college students with different religious affiliations, compared with Muslims, Christians were more likely to try alcohol, start drinking at an earlier age, and later proceed to abuse alcohol or become dependent. Nonetheless, when the authors analyzed only students who had already drunk alcohol, the chance of lifetime alcohol use 22 ALCOHOL-RELATED VIOLENCE disorders was similar for both religious groups (Ghandour, Karam, and Maalouf, 2009).

Of course, alcohol (and drug) dependence is also an illness, with features well established for its diagnosis, a fact that some legislators seem to be unaware of. The current Penal Code directs the treatment of alcohol and drug dependents so that they can be rehabilitated and can return to society. Once the accused is considered “not responsible” by the conjunction of dependency and full incapacity of understanding and exertion of will (Article 45 of Law n. 343/2006 and Article 26 of the Brazilian Penal Code), the judge may determine that the accused be directed to medical treatment since a sentence is inappropriate.

Aggressive Behavior, 29(4), 346–365. M. E. (1980) Foundations of Epidemiology (2nd edn). New York: Oxford University Press. H. (1997) Is there a causal relationship between alcohol use and violence? A synthesis of evidence. In M. ), Alcohol and Violence (pp. 245–282). New York: Plenum Press. Lipton, R. and Gruenewald, P. (2002) The spatial dynamics of violence and alcohol outlets. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 63(2), 187–195. Livingston, M. (2008) Alcohol outlet density and assault: A spatial analysis.

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