Alcohol Fuelled Violence Essay

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Alcohol fuelled violence is it really the alcohol?

Assessing dimensions of psychopathy as differential risk factors for alcohol-related aggression

It is well known that interpersonal aggression is related to alcohol consumption. Correlational studies have identified that alcohol is present in about 50% of homicides, sexual assaults and other violent crimes. These studies also proposed that the largest impact on aggressive behavior is seen through the acute effects of alcohol, rather than its chronic effects. In similar laboratory-based studies in which participants have the opportunity to aggress against a fictitious opponent under the guise of a competitive task, have clearly demonstrated that persons who receive a placebo or a
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Alcohol fuelled violence is it really the alcohol?

Assessing dimensions of psychopathy as differential risk factors for alcohol-related aggression

It is well known that interpersonal aggression is related to alcohol consumption. Correlational studies have identified that alcohol is present in about 50% of homicides, sexual assaults and other violent crimes. These studies also proposed that the largest impact on aggressive behavior is seen through the acute effects of alcohol, rather than its chronic effects. In similar laboratory-based studies in which participants have the opportunity to aggress against a fictitious opponent under the guise of a competitive task, have clearly demonstrated that persons who receive a placebo or a nonalcoholic beverage behave much more passively then those who receive an alcoholic beverage.
Through numerous studies it has shown that people who consume alcohol focus on the here- and-now aspect of life rather than on the future. An alcoholic based theory called the myopia theory proposes that alcohol has a “myopic” effect on attention. That is, alcohol causes people to ignore more peripheral features of a situation and focus their attention on the most salient features. Due to the fact the present is more salient than the future, sober individuals are more likely to understand and pay attention to the future consequences of their actions, than that of intoxicated individuals.
Alcohol has been shown to encourage aggression in some, but not
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