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NCJ Number: 184277 Find in a Library
Title: Preventing Alcohol-Related Injuries (From Crime Prevention in Australia: Issues in Policy and Research, P 217-237, 1997, Pat O'Malley and Adam Sutton, eds. -- See NCJ-184267)
Author(s): Ross Homel
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: Federation Press (Distributed by Gaunt)
Annandale, NSW 2038, Australia
Sale Source: Federation Press (Distributed by Gaunt)
71 Johnson Street
P.O. Box 45
Annandale, NSW 2038,
Type: Collected Work
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This paper deals with the prevention of traffic accidents in Australia that are caused by drinking and driving and with the prevention of violence in and around licensed premises that sell alcohol.
Abstract: Alcohol-related offending is of particular interest from a prevention perspective for several reasons. The risk of serious injury can be greatly increased when drivers reach even moderate levels of intoxication. Further, criminological research over many years has highlighted the prominent role of alcohol in criminal offending, especially in violent offenses. The role of alcohol in traffic accidents and violence is examined, with emphasis on high-risk groups and targeted policies. Implications of research are discussed that indicate effective prevention requires carefully engineered changes to the social environment to reduce opportunities for offending and to minimize harm caused by recreational alcohol use. Associations between alcohol and traffic injuries in Australia and between alcohol and violence in licensed premises that sell alcohol are discussed, as well as random breath testing procedures. A project designed to encourage responsible alcohol beverage service is described. 69 references
Main Term(s): Foreign crime prevention
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse prevention; Alcohol server responsibility; Alcohol-crime relationship; Alcohol-Related Offenses; Australia; Crime in foreign countries; Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Drug abuse in foreign countries; Drunk offenders; Foreign offenders; Highway safety; Traffic accidents; Underage Drinking; Violence prevention
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