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Jerry P. Flanzer

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Chapter 10: Alcohol and Other Drugs Are Key Causal Agents of Violence

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Alcohol and Other Drugs Are Key Causal Agents of Violence
Alcohol and other drugs are key causal agents of violence
Jerry P.Flanzer

Alcoholism causes family violence. Just as high alcohol intake leads to cirrhosis of the liver, brain damage, and heart failure, so does high alcohol intake lead to violence in the family. At first glance, the reader may be shocked at this assertion, even outraged. Certainly one knows of alcoholics who are not prone to be abusive in the family, and certainly one knows of violent families where alcohol does not appear to be in the picture. Nevertheless, I remind the reader that there are other causes for cirrhosis of the liver, brain damage, and heart failure—but alcohol is certainly high on the list. Similarly, I ...

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