The impact of alcohol on different types of violent incidents

Richard B. Felson, Keri B. Burchfield, Brent Teasdale

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The research examined whether alcohol intoxication is a greater risk factor for some types of violence than others, using data from the National Violence Against Women and Men Survey (NVAW). Analyses indicated that offenders were much more likely to be intoxicated when they physically assaulted a stranger than when they assaulted someone they knew and least likely to be intoxicated when they assaulted an intimate partner. Offenders who committed sexual assaults were no more likely to be drinking than offenders who committed physical assault. It is argued that conflicts involving people who know each other are more intense and may lead to an assault without the facilitative effect of alcohol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1057-1068
Number of pages12
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology(all)
  • Law


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