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Drinking problems among recidivist prisoners

  • Griffith Edwards (a1), Celia Hensman (a1) and Julian Peto (a1)

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The general relationship between alcohol and crime is reviewed, and five central methodological problems are identified relevant to prison population ‘alcoholism prevalence surveys’ as a prelude to a report of an investigation of 500 recidivist prisoners. The prevalence rate is shown to be highly dependent on the particular definition of ‘alcoholism’ which is employed. Long-term and short-term prisoner subgroups are compared, and similarities with a population of non-prisoner homeless men discussed. A ‘dependence score’ derived from an operant conditioning model of alcoholism correlates significantly with various measures of social instability.

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Drinking problems among recidivist prisoners

  • Griffith Edwards (a1), Celia Hensman (a1) and Julian Peto (a1)

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