Institute of Alcohol Studies report into alcohol and domestic abuse

The full title of this report is ‘Alcohol, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault’ by the Institute of Alcohol Studies and was shared recently by Alcohol Policy UK.

Here are the reports key findings:

  • Typically between 25% and 50% of those who perpetrate domestic abuse have been drinking at the time of assault, although in some studies the figure is as high as 73%. Cases involving severe violence are twice as likely as others to include alcohol.
  • Research suggests that those who mix energy drinks and alcohol on a night out are almost twice as likely to be taken advantage of sexually.
  • There is a strong link between alcohol and violence, and research suggests that pricing policies such as minimum unit pricing for alcohol would reduce rates of domestic violence.
  • In light of poor conviction rates and general misunderstanding about alcohol sexual assault and rape, there have been calls for a change in the law around consent so that intoxication is seen as a possible indicator that abuse has taken place.
  • There is a need for improved training for law enforcement agencies on the impact of alcohol, sexual assault and the capacity to consent.

Download ‘Alcohol, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault’. A briefing summary and a podcast are also available.  The podcast features interviews with Professor Jonathan Shepherd (Cardiff Violence & Society Research Group, Director) and Jennifer Holly (Against Violence & Abuse)

Another consequence of booze that the alcohol industry appears to ignore …….

6 thoughts on “Institute of Alcohol Studies report into alcohol and domestic abuse

  1. This reminds me of another research I read in the paper where it is said that I believe 98% of the perpetrators of senseless violence that goes on during evenings in the town are drunk or otherwise ‘engaged’. But…. 80% of the victims is too. Not blaming the victims here but it works out (well, I found out the hard way) that being under the influence of something messes with the judgement so that a normal ‘run and hide’ response changes into ‘I’ll tell this shitface to shut the F up and to go molest his own bike!’

    And I think I am not going to read the research you linked. Too close :-(.

    1. I agree feeling – the lowered inhibitions and slower thoughts mean we can all get drawn into things we wouldn’t normally engage in! I apologise if the link created distress for you xx

  2. there was a brilliant online article some months back along the lines of ‘binge drinking is a feminist issue’ – couldn’t find the specific one by googling any variant of that, don’t know if you recognise the one I mean?

    basically it was saying when women drink too much they relinquish their own safety. and this is fenced about with enormous caveats about how no is always no, etc. and of course it is unthinkable to shift the burden of responsibility for any form of assault onto the victim. but in practical terms, when I am talking to my own children, male and female, about this, I stress very strongly the fact that when you lose control over your own actions then you make yourself more vulnerable to others. and the basics of keeping yourself safe include not drinking yourself beyond the ability to do that, whether by sexual or other assault.

    1. Yeah Prim – I read it at the time. Such a tricky subject with emotive landmines at every turn. I think you’re approach is right and I shall be doing the same with my two when they’re old enough to understand xx

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