Alcohol And Violence

The research on violence show that there are very many causes of violence and each plays a significant role. There is also some survey that associated different drinking patterns with violence. It is, however, important to note that there is no enough or crucifying evidence to show that alcohol causes violence. Though many and significant violence episodes have been reported in environments associated with alcohol, it does not mean that all these incidents involve alcohol. Some behavior though and groups or individuals may have violent tendencies and abusive consumption of alcohol. Despite all these, there are no models that show that alcohol causes alcohol. There is, however, enough proof that shows that alcohol is involved when most of the offenses are committed. In these incidence’s, perpetrators may be regular drinkers or may be abusing alcohol and not that they are led by alcohol to perform violent acts. The other reason alcohol is associated with violence is because many violent acts occur in places where more individuals are likely to have taken alcohol. Alcohol is also greatly linked with intimate partner violence, suicide and sexual assaults.

The Contributing Factors

  • Individual factors: The model seeking to explain the relationship of beer and acts of violence show that individuals that have violent behavior tend to be heavy drinkers. They will thus choose friends that drink a lot and have the trait of violence. In most cases, these people will consume alcohol and then use it as an excuse when they commit a crime. The other model is that alcohol may cause violent behavior. It will impair the cognitive process in turn affecting the awareness of consequences, judgment and interpersonal communication.
  • Cultural factors: The rate and nature of alcohol-related violence differ with locations. It has been noted that some countries will show same traits associated with alcohol-related violence. Also, the rates of violence due to alcohol are very low in countries that have alcohol integrated properly into everyday events and occasion. This has been attributed to good behaved drinking because of the proper integration.
  • Drinking Context: The situation in which one drinks plays a significant role in the alcohol-induced violence. Most of the persistent offenders will frequent certain locations for a beer. In such hot spots, there is a very high risk of experiencing alcohol-related violence.


As seen, it is hard to blame alcohol as a primary cause of violence. This makes it more difficult to curb violence related to excessive drinking. Special programs should be made to target individuals that are at a high risk of being involved in alcohol-related violence.