Relationship between Alcoholism and Crime

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Alcoholism is a global problem. A high percentage of people who commit crimes have some sort of connection with intoxication, alcohol abuse or addiction. Drug abuse is a major health issue that affects in one way or another almost all sections of the society. Every year, drug addiction leads to number of chronic illness and injuries. Drugs of abuse include marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, anabolic steroids and inhaled heroin.

Drug abuse also plays a role in numerous many social problems such as violence, drug driving, stress or child abuse. Drug abuse can give rise to crime, missed work, homelessness or unemployment. It can give harm to unborn babies and destroy the families. There are different types of drug addiction treatment.

Alcoholism and drug addiction are indicative of the irresponsibility and weakness of character of the person who uses them. The relationship between alcoholism and aggressive criminal acts is often affirmed by the records of police and the statistics of prison which indicate that today there is a considerable increase in such criminal episodes of alcoholism. American researchers on the relationship between drug addiction and crime have shown that drug addicts often commit predatory crimes such as theft, shoplifting, burglary and theft. Drug addiction usually leads a life of crime. It is often noticed that addicts for procuring drugs.

Consumption of alcohol is generally not a crime. Making it a crime will add to the nuisance of the poor who, if unsuccessful or fined, would be even more troubled. It is certainly a crime if a man after consuming alcohol behaves in a disorderly manner in a public place causing nuisance to others. Investigations by sociologists and scientists into the relationship between alcohol-related crime and alcohol reveal that there is a close resemblance between the structure of alcoholics and criminals. This proposition leads us to the following conclusions regarding the impact of alcoholism and drug addicts on crime: –

  • Generally, crimes have their planning in liquor shops and bars where alcohol is sold.
  • Offenders usually take alcohol and alcohol or drugs for overcoming their inhibitions and emotional tensions.
  • The booty and the profits of crime are often distributed and shared in liquor or wine shops.
  • Alcohol and drugs help to eliminate the element of self-criticism of the criminal in relation to himself and his actions.
  • Juvenile delinquency and alcohol consumption are closely linked.
  • The illegal purchase and possession of alcohol and drugs makes alcoholics and drug addicts ipso facto delinquents.
  • Alcoholism and drug addiction being prohibited by law, their procurement is the root cause of many offenses such as the smuggling of wine or intoxicating drugs by illicit distillation of spirits, racketeering, drug trafficking, underhand transactions. in the transmission of alcohol and drugs from one place to another and bribing officials to escape arrest and punishment.