Journal article

Alcohol use and negative affect in the offence cycle.

Andrew Day, Kevin Howells, Karen Heseltine, Sharon Casey

Crim Behav Ment Health | Published : 2003

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: It is commonly acknowledged that, for many offenders, alcohol use is strongly associated with criminal behaviour. The belief held by many professionals that the two phenomena are associated, probably in a causal way, has led to the inclusion of alcohol use as a 'criminogenic need' in many settings where rehabilitation programmes are used to reduce recidivism. However, the mechanisms and pathways involved in the alcohol crime link remain poorly understood. ARGUMENT AND CONCLUSION: This paper reviews the literature relating to alcohol offending links and draws some inferences about the role of alcohol use as a criminogenic need in offender rehabilitation. It is proposed that the ..

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