Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 185 p. Suny Series, Violence.
From the Publisher
The relationship between alcohol and homicide in America is
explored both historically and theoretically, providing the
groundwork for two empirical analyses. The first, a theoretical
approach, leads to the development of a selective disinhibition
hypothesis, the implications of which are tested in a longitudinal
analysis of alcohol availability and homicide in 256 U.S. cities
between 1960 and 1980. Alcohol availability was found to
significantly increase homicide rates. Availability also interacted
with city poverty rates, lack of social bonds, and the age
structure to further increase the incidence of murder.
The second analysis, policy based, focuses on the impact on youth
homicide rates of increases in the minimum age of purchase for
alcohol, enacted by most states during the 1980s. This analysis
shows that increases in the minimum drinking age had a significant
impact on certain types of youth homicide. The book concludes with
a discussion of the causes of the alcohol and homicide
relationship, public policy and crime control alternatives for
reducing alcohol related homicide, and other ongoing research that
addresses these and other issues.