Journal article

The role of alcohol and drugs in homicides in England and Wales

Jenny Shaw, Isabelle M Hunt, Sandra Flynn, Tim Amos, Janet Meehan, Jo Robinson, Harriet Bickley, Rebecca Parsons, Kerry McCann, James Burns, Nav Kapur, Louis Appleby

Addiction | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2006

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The annual number of homicide convictions in England and Wales is increasing. Previous studies have highlighted the aetiological role of alcohol and drugs in homicide. AIMS: To examine rates of alcohol and drug misuse and dependence in people convicted of homicide; the role of alcohol and drugs in the offence; the social and clinical characteristics of alcohol- and drug-related homicides; and the social and clinical characteristics of patients with dual diagnosis who commit homicide. METHODS: A national clinical survey based on a 3-year (1996-9) consecutive sample of people convicted of homicide in England and Wales. Information on rates of alcohol and drug misuse/dependence, the..

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