Send to

Choose Destination
J Psychoactive Drugs. 2004 May;Suppl 2:157-63.

Alcohol and violence: connections, evidence and possibilities for prevention.

Author information

Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies and Department of Sociology, University Of California, Riverside, California 92521, USA.


This article reviews a number of theoretical and substantive arguments and models concerning the link between alcohol and violent crime which have appeared in the research literature in the past decade. These arguments and models form a firm foundation for the expectation that alcohol plays a causal role in violent crime, and that interventions designed to reduce or eliminate this link between alcohol and violence have the potential to become effective violence prevention policies. Four studies on the relationship between alcohol and violence are summarized, including one in which a natural alcohol policy experiment is evaluated. Taken together, these studies provide substantial empirical evidence that alcohol policy can be an effective crime prevention tool.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Loading ...
Support Center