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Alcohol Abuse and Campus Crime

Crime is best understood as illegal behavior located within the social interactions of offenders and targets in specific social spaces. The contemporary college campus presents a unique set of crime risks. Although serious crime is relatively rare on university campuses, alcohol abuse (the strategic use of alcohol consumption to reach an intoxicated state) is a common practice of some students. College students—many of whom are not yet 21 years old and therefore not legally permitted to consume alcohol—use alcohol intoxication to celebrate events, to lower inhibitions, and to facilitate romantic and sexual encounters. This entry provides an overview of the risks of heavy, episodic drinking on campus; sexual victimization on campus; intimate partner violence; and strategies to reduce the harms related to alcohol abuse on ...

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