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Kathleen Auerhahn & Robert Nash Parker

In: Studying and Preventing Homicide: Issues and Challenges

Chapter 6: Drugs, Alcohol, and Homicide

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Drugs, Alcohol, and Homicide
Drugs, alcohol, and homicide
KathleenAuerhahn
RobertNashParker

There has been a growing interest in the relationship between drugs, alcohol, and violence during the past decade. In addition to what has been mostly misguided attention in mass media and in political circles to the relationship between illegal drugs and violence, a number of empirical studies have examined the relationship between alcohol, drugs, and homicide. Unfortunately, many of these studies are hindered by the lack of coherent theorizing that has characterized a great deal of the examination of the relationship between alcohol, drugs, and homicide.

Although attempting to understand the ways in which drug and alcohol use may contribute to homicide is a useful endeavor, it is also important to consider the manner in which drugs and alcohol ...

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