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J Med Ethics. 2012 Nov;38(11):669-71. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2011-100304. Epub 2012 Apr 19.

Reducing the harmful effects of alcohol misuse: the ethics of sobriety testing in criminal justice.

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Dental School, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

Abstract

Alcohol use and abuse play a major role in both crime and negative health outcomes in Scotland. This paper provides a description and ethical and legal analyses of a novel remote alcohol monitoring scheme for offenders which seeks to reduce alcohol-related harm to both the criminal and the public. It emerges that the prospective benefits of this scheme to health and public order vastly outweigh any potential harms.

PMID:
22518048
DOI:
10.1136/medethics-2011-100304
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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