Crime Scene Do Not Cross


*Oct 20 - 00:05*How to reduce crime? Get folks to stop drinking. Or drink less, perhaps. Does it sound so strange to hear that alcohol correlates to many crimes, especially violent ones?

The Washington Post is reporting on recent social data, with the dramatic headline ‘Alcohol is the Deadliest Drug’. Well, it does have a high neurotoxicity -meaning it kills brain cells. And it’s hard on your liver. It correlates with the incidence of many cancers and impairs healing outcomes.

Okay, that’s a lot of bad things…but ‘deadly’…? This idea stems from research that illustrates alcohol’s connection to crime, particularly violent crime such as armed robbery, assault, sexual assault, and homicide. Of note with homicides, alcohol correlates with both perpetrators and victims.

Maybe this is all really dramatic. Or maybe it’s already understood. You don’t have to go to too many bars on too many nights to see a fight break out…to see aggression or bad decisions stem from binge drinking.

Alcohol plays a large part of the plot in so many stories with bad endings.

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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