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Alcohol Misuse and Crime: Crippling Criminal Justice

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Published on Jul 10, 2009

The vast majority of people who consume alcohol do so safely and responsibly. In fact, according to the NIAAA, moderate consumption may even produce significant health benefits. Conversely, in 2004, the NIAAA estimated that 17.6 million people in the U.S. were dependent on or abused alcohol.

In 2008, the Pew Center on the States reported that an astounding one in every 100 adults in the U.S. was behind bars. While drunk driving gets the most attention, the incidence of other alcohol-involved crimes including domestic violence, underage drinking, and assault has reached staggering proportions.

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