Regulations Limiting Access to Alcohol May Help Reduce Domestic Violence

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jsadThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reviewed 16 studies that examined the connection between alcohol sales regulations in communities and rates of domestic violence. They looked at the number of alcohol sales outlets, hours of days of alcohol sales, and alcohol pricing/taxes. The number of locations where alcohol was sold was the only factor consistently matched with rates of domestic violence. According to the researchers, location numbers included bars and restaurants, and liquor, grocery and convenience stores. The new findings appear in the January issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Most of the studies reviewed by the CDC research team found that communities with more places to buy or drink alcohol also had higher rates of domestic violence. However, the association seen in the study does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

“The studies that we reviewed do not indicate that alcohol outlet density or the outlets themselves cause partner violence,” Dennis Reidy, a behavioral scientist at the CDC, said. The study’s findings do suggest that local regulation of alcohol outlet density may be able to reduce rates of domestic violence within a community, he added.

A number of states and communities across the United States have created laws to reduce excessive drinking. For example, licensing and zoning laws are used to limit the number of places where people can buy alcohol, and act as an early line of intervention for problem drinkers.

Of course we can’t regulate our way to ending the devastation caused by excessive drinking, as evidenced by other attempts to do so. However, reducing the availability may just prove to be a useful intervention and prevention measure.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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