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NCJ Number: 99652 Find in a Library
Title: Alcoholism Amongst the Tasmanian Prison Population - Research Note
Journal: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology  Volume:18  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1985)  Pages:109-114
Author(s): R White; K Boyer
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 6
Type: Statistics
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: Data indicate the social characteristics and incidence of alcohol abuse for all persons (440 males and 22 females) sentenced to Tasmania's (Australia) Risdon prison from October 1, 1982, to September 30, 1983.
Abstract: Data on inmate social characteristics (marital, employment, and educational histories) were obtained from a classification form completed on every inmate soon after sentencing. A 'test' for alcohol abuse (the Short Michigan Alcoholism Screening) issued at the time of inmates' initial medical evaluation was used to gather information on alcohol use. The data show that just over 43 percent of the inmates qualified as alcoholics, and 15.2 percent indicated possible alcoholism. Fifty-eight percent had at least one drunk driving conviction, and 35 percent had three or more such convictions. A significant number indicated their drinking had contributed to other social problems. The sample tended to have less education and fewer employable skills than the average Tasmanian. Sixty-four percent were either single, separated, divorced, or widowed. Those who recidivated within the study year tended to be young, single, unskilled male alcoholics. The data have implications for policies in corrections, educations, labor market planning, welfare practices, and alcohol education. The alcohol-abuse test is provided along with tabular data and three notes.
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Australia; Inmate statistics; Offender profiles
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