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Alcohol consumption may lead to violence

by | Sep 29, 2020 | Criminal Defense

If you consume alcohol, you may be more likely to engage in violent activity while watching a game at a bar or a stadium. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 88,000 people in New York and throughout America die each year because of an intoxicated person’s actions. It is worth noting that you may be more likely to drink alcohol after being the victim of a violent act.

There is likely a correlation between alcohol and violence.

According to CDC data, between 2006 and 2010, there was an average of 7,756 murders per year attributed to alcohol use. Furthermore, data revealed that roughly 20% of those who committed a violent crime between 2002 and 2008 were drunk when the crimes took place. Finally, research has indicated that there tends to be a correlation between a person’s blood-alcohol level and the severity of the injuries his or her victims sustain.

Why people turn violent while intoxicated

Individuals may turn to violence when they’re impaired because they are more sensitive to others’ words or actions. For instance, you may be more irritable or upset after having a beer at a sporting event than you otherwise would be while watching the game sober. The intense emotions that you may feel while impaired can increase the likelihood that you will try to hurt someone.

You may be subject to criminal charges if you are drunk in an arena parking lot or get into an altercation during a sporting event. If convicted of public intoxication, assault or other crimes, you could spend time in prison or pay a fine. A criminal defense attorney may help reduce or eliminate these or additional charges that you may face.