by Shirley Johanna on  September 28, 2016 at 6:56 PM Research News
Alcohol Involved in Homicide Victimization in the US
Alcohol consumption in linked to homicide but, there is no recent study on alcohol involvement in homicide victimization in the United States. A new study examines how alcohol is involved in homicide victimization and what socio-demographic, and other factors may be predictors.

Researchers accessed data from the CDC's National Violent Death Reporting System, which looks at personal and preceding circumstances - including blood alcohol content (BAC) - of violent deaths. Records from 17 states for 2010-2012 were analyzed to identify factors associated with the odds of homicide victims having a BAC equal to or greater than 0.08 percent.

Results showed that alcohol was present in a significant proportion of homicide victims in the United States: among all homicide victims, 39.9% had a positive BAC (including 26.2%, about two-thirds, who had a BAC of greater than or equal to 0.08%, the legal limit for drunk driving).

Predictors of homicide victims having a BAC equal to or greater than 0.08% included being male (which doubled the risk), being of American Indian/Alaska Native or Hispanic race/ethnicity, and having a history of domestic violence.

The authors recommend additional research on linkages between state-level alcohol policies and alcohol-involvement by both perpetrators and victims of homicide.

Source: Newswise

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