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NCJ Number: 150506 Find in a Library
Title: Alcohol, Drugs and Human Physical Aggression
Journal: Journal of Studies on Alcohol  Issue:11  Dated:(1993)  Pages:78,80,82,84,86,88
Author(s): S P Taylor; S T Chermack
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 6
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Research on the relationship between alcohol, drugs, and aggression indicates that alcohol is a potent antecedent of aggressive behavior.
Abstract: Studies at Kent State University in Ohio demonstrate that aggressive behavior is related to the quantity of alcohol ingested and that the effect of social pressure to regress and of intense provocation is enhanced by alcohol. Research also shows that the instigating effect of alcohol depends on the consumer's disposition, that the aggressive behavior of an intoxicated person can be regulated by altering cues that affect cognitive processes, and that various depressants increase aggressive responses. While marijuana and amphetamines do not appear to increase aggression, ethanol, morphine, and diazepam may heighten physical aggression. In general, studies indicate that drugs with depressant characteristics may be most likely to facilitate aggressive behavior. A hypothetical model is described that summarizes experimental findings and provides a vehicle for discussing major factors and psychological processes involved in alcohol-induced aggression. 9 references
Main Term(s): Drug Related Crime
Index Term(s): Aggression; Alcohol abuse; Alcohol-crime relationship; Alcohol-Related Offenses; Criminology; Drug abuse; Psychological research
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