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Criminal offenses associated with alcohol and drugs

Alcohol and drugs play a significant role in criminal activities. People who consume alcohol or use drugs may experience judgment impairment, lower inhibitions and aggressive behaviors. These side effects contribute to various types of crimes.

Here are statistics that indicate how many criminals are under the influence while committing certain criminal acts:

  • Sexual assault - 30 percent
  • Aggravated assault - 26.2 percent
  • Violent crime - 24.2 percent
  • Robbery - 23.3 percent

These statistics about alcohol, drugs and crime show that substances play a role in a multitude of crimes, aside from the obvious ones of driving under the influence or possessing illegal drugs. Here is a more in-depth look at the relationship between alcohol, drugs and criminality. 

Domestic violence

Mind-altering substances play a serious role in the violence that involves intimate partners. Alcoholic drinks or illegal drugs may lead to intimidation, aggression and nonconsensual sexual activity between two people. Intimate partner violence may include any type of physical, sexual or psychological harm between significant others.

Robbery

There is a significant link between property crimes and substance abuse. Alcohol and drugs may intensify feelings of aggression or desperation in an individual, making it more likely for him or her to steal money or property. The repercussions of committing robbery while under the influence may include fines, jail time and a criminal record.

Aggravated assault

People may experience mood swings or irritability while drunk or high. Because of this, certain individuals become violent after using drugs or drinking. When people act on violent feelings or thoughts, they may commit aggravated assault. Aggravated assault occurs when there is a serious injury. Many instances of aggravated assault involve weapons. 

Crimes that occur due to drugs and alcohol range from minor to major offenses. Aside from DUI and crimes involving illegal drugs, there are high rates of violence and theft. When people experience impairment, they are more likely to do something risky or illegal.

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