ABSTRACT

This chapter reviews the data on the links between alcohol and crime. It does not seek to look at why there might be a link if one is established. Some possible explanations for a link are explored in the next chapter. To many, this chapter will appear unnecessary. Whilst writing this book, I have been met with the frequent response that a link between alcohol and crime is self-evident. As this view is commonly held it is worth speculating on why this view exists.