In the Media

Does alcohol make people violent?

PUBLISHED July 21, 2005

It depends on the person. Home Office statistics published today are expected to show a sharp rise in alcohol-related violent crime. Previous government figures show almost a quarter of assaults occurring in or near pubs and bars, and around half of violent crimes last year were thought to be committed while under the influence.

While most people aren't violent when drunk, says Klaus Miczek, professor of psychology at Tufts University, Massachusetts, a significant minority are.