Crime statistics show a clear association between heavy drinking and criminal behavior, the association being most marked in relation to violent crimes. One review found that the incidence of alcohol-related violent crime ranged from 24 to 85%, which contrasted dramatically with the 12-38% incidence of alcohol-related nonviolent crime (118). Although some have confirmed the association between alcohol and crime (119,120), a direct causal link between the two has been disputed (121). Nonetheless, alcohol assumes an importance in clinical forensic medicine because of its link with criminal activity and by virtue of the significant role it plays in a large number of assessments regarding fitness for detention (122-124). Accordingly, a thorough understanding of the metabolism, effects, and problems associated with alcohol is essential for any doctor practicing in this field, not least because those detainees with alcohol problems, particularly those with gross intoxication, are an extremely vulnerable group for whom police custody may be inappropriate (125).

Alcohol No More

Alcohol No More

Do you love a drink from time to time? A lot of us do, often when socializing with acquaintances and loved ones. Drinking may be beneficial or harmful, depending upon your age and health status, and, naturally, how much you drink.

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