Alcohol & Violence

It has often been said that drinking alcohol causes violence. I have always been skeptical about that. During the countless times I have been inebriated I have never been violent, nor have other people I know nor have most people.

While it is true that many people are violent when they’re drunk, that arguably reflects some personal issues that they coose to manifest when they’re drunk but would have been there even if they were teetotallers. It’s not like countries dominated by the religion that mandates its followers to be teetotallers, Islam, are free of violence.

Here is a very interesting article on alcohol and violence that points to the very low crime rate in Czechia (Czech Republic), the country with the highest per capita beer consumption and the second highest per capita total alcohol consumption, yet it has a very low violent crime and murder rate, and also BTW little gun control.

The author points to how cultural or psychological problems are the real problem, not alcohol:

Even if drinking doesn’t necessarily lead to criminal violence, the perception remains that some Brits are inclined to get nasty when drunk. So why don’t the Czechs? The social anthropologist Kate Fox suggests that the loutish behaviour of some British drinkers is the result of cultural factors. In effect, we are more likely to behave unpleasantly when we drink because we believe that drink makes us behave unpleasantly. If it’s all in the mind, Fox argues, there is no reason why we can’t change. Culturally, the British have shifted a great deal over the years in a number of significant ways. Why can’t we, like the Czechs, have a more relaxed relationship with alcohol?

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1 Comment

  1. it might be a matter of genetics. i know some genes have been isolated, that regulate the ammount of neural inhibitors that a person can produce, that appear only in some populations, the finnish being a popular example, meaning they have a higher frequency of the given alleles in the gene pool.but all arround the world there might be people with similar mutations, although far less common

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