Extensive research on the subject of alcohol abuse and crime suggests that excessive alcohol consumption and criminal behavior are interrelated.
Researchers recognize that just by drinking alcohol a person doesn’t become a criminal. Similarly, not consuming alcohol does not prevent someone from committing crimes.
Studies show a clear pattern, in other words, a sequence of links that connect excessive drinking, poor judgement, aggressive and criminal behavior, and legal consequences. The proof of this logic is the high number of people currently in prisons or living with the stigma of a criminal record also have a history of drinking problem.
It is also well known that when a person’s drinking is severe and when it affects the normal functioning of the mind or body, it impacts their family, society and career. Seeking treatment and rehabilitation for alcohol addiction or problematic drinking habits is the best way to avoid the worst possible consequences.
Problematic drinking has many, many negative consequences. To understand the connection between alcohol abuse and crime, it is important to know the common criminal behaviors and the kinds of penalties they carry. But another important consideration is the impact of these criminal behaviors on the victims.
Everyday sad stories in the media confirm that lack of control over alcohol use by one person rarely has one victim, and the consequences are rarely short lived. Crimes as a consequence of alcohol abuse are likely to cause the offender to lose some money or freedom. But, more importantly, those crimes usually have long lasting impacts on family, friends, or even complete strangers. The problem may be centered on one person, but the consequences have ripple affects.
Alcohol is considered more likely to be a reason in violence where the attacker and the victim know each other. About two-thirds of crimes committed by an intimate person such as a spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend have been reported to be related to alcohol consumption. Crimes generally associated with alcohol include domestic abuse and violence, underage drinking, robbery, assault and rape.
The best way to prevent such trauma and heart ache in the society is for everyone to take personal responsibility when it comes to consuming alcohol.
Accepting personal responsibility means acknowledging that each individual is responsible for their choices in life. It is not the fault of someone else if a person decides to take a drug or drink alcohol. If an addict continues to use alcohol in excess they should accept that there are consequences to their actions. Seeking immediate help if any signs of excessive consumption or uncontrolled drinking behavior are noticed is the responsible thing to do.