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NCJ Number: 77918 Find in a Library
Title: Alcohol Abuse and the Law
Journal: Harvard Law Review  Volume:94  Issue:7  Dated:(May 1981)  Pages:1660-1712
Author(s): Anonymous
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 53
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This note examines the legal changes that have taken place in the perception of alcohol abuse and proposes further changes to help make the law conform with society's new insights into this persistent problem.
Abstract: Alcohol abuse comes to the attention of society when it causes some visible harm: public disorderliness, automobile accidents, drunken crimes, poor job performance, or troubled families. These incidents give society a chance to minimize the damage caused by the problem drinkers and help them overcome their dependence on alcohol. Where rehabilitation programs have been successful, the key factors have been early identification, strong motivation, and ample social support after sobriety has been achieved. The law can help by applying these principles in the court. For example, child custody proceedings may give problem drinkers the powerful motivation essential to recovery. Where rehabilitation has not been successful and where great danger exists to society, the law must settle with protecting society. Thus, increased apprehension of drunken drivers and rational punishment of persons who commit crimes while under the influence of alcohol are essential. A total of 385 footnotes are provided. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Law reform; Rehabilitation
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