The relationship between alcohol and crime has not received as much public attention as drunk driving, but it is just as serious for both offenders and victims. The relationship between alcohol and crimes including domestic abuse and violence, underage drinking, robbery, assault and sexual assault is clearly documented.
– Federal research shows that alcohol use was a factor in the homicide for 40% of convicted murderers being held in either jail or state prison.
– Alcohol is a factor in 40% of all violent crimes today. Based on victim reports, alcohol use by the offender was a factor in: 37% of rapes and sexual assaults, 15% of robberies, 27% of aggravated assaults, and 25% of simple assaults.
When it comes to consuming alcohol, most people only think of the negative effects on themselves and not about the possible negative effects on the people around them. College happens to be a time when many decide to experiment with alcohol, which can lead to immediate dangers. The best way to prevent crime due to alcohol is to be educated on how alcohol can affect you. The following charts display the affect alcohol will have on your Blood Alcohol Level:
The bottom line is this: Be careful when you drink. Remember it is not just your well-being you are putting on the line when consuming alcohol, but also the well-being of the people around you.