There exists an intricate link between alcohol and crime in every society. The effects of alcohol abuse are usually felt in society in various ways, but a standout one is the crime rate. Studies have shown someone under the influence of alcohol is likely to commit a crime than someone not under the influence of alcohol.
Therefore, preventive measures for alcohol abuse have also been said to help avert crime in society. Looking closely at this assertion, this article will highlight some ways in which preventing alcohol abuse can help reduce crime. Note that the implications of alcohol abuse prevention on crime rate may vary based on society and other circumstances.
Some ways in which preventing alcohol abuse can help avert crime include;
- Often, those who commit crimes are under the influence of alcohol, for alcohol devoid them of their rationality. People steal or rob to be able to afford their alcohol addiction, which means that a large population of burglary is related to alcohol abuse. Therefore, attempts to prevent alcohol abuse will reduce the burglary rate in the community.
- Controlling or preventing alcohol abuse also helps to reduce re-offence by offenders. This is because proper treatment for alcohol abusers will help them get over their addiction, which in turn reduces the likelihood of them committing a crime. A sober person retains his or her consciousness and regard for the consequences of his or her action.
- Sexual harassment crimes can be averted with the prevention of alcohol abuse. It is no secret that most sexual harassment offenders are under the influence of alcohol. This means therefore that, if alcohol abuse is reduced, sexual harassment crimes will equally be reduced.
In summary, alcohol abuse is a major issue facing world communities, which translates into a high rate of crime in most communities. But as discussed above, a proper and effective preventive mechanism for alcohol abuse will equally translate into a reduction of crime rate in most cases. So, a community seeking to avert crime should consider preventing alcohol abuse as an effective strategy.