Alcohol, drugs and crime

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Petherick, W., & Myers, N. (2009). Alcohol, drugs and crime. In W. Petherick & C. Ferguson (Eds.), Crime and deviance (pp. 167-198). Alaska, United States: Forensic Press LLC.

2009 HERDC submission. FoR code: 1602

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There are a great many factors that contribute to criminality. These include, but are not limited to poverty, mental disorder, personality disorder, sub-cultures (such as gangs), personality differences, and socialization. One of the more prevalent though would be the use of alcohol and other drugs. This applies to both the offender and the victim. That is, many offenders are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol at the time of their offense, and so are victims. In fact, victim use of drugs parallels that of offenders in many offense types.

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