Alcohol and its relationship to offence variables in a cohort of offenders with intellectual disability

William R. Lindsay, Derek Carson, Anthony J. Holland, John L. Taylor, Gregory O'Brien, Jessica R. Wheeler, Lesley Steptoe

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Abstract

Background Alcohol use and misuse may be lower in people with intellectual disability (ID) than in the general population but may be related to offending.

Method Alcohol-related crime and history of alcohol use was recorded in 477 participants with ID referred to forensic ID services and related to offending.

Results Level of alcohol-related crime and history of alcohol misuse was lower than in some previous studies at 5.9% and 20.8%, respectively. History of alcohol abuse was associated with alcohol-related offences and theft. Higher rates of alcohol problem history were associated with histories of a number of offences, psychiatric disturbance in adulthood, psychiatric disturbance in childhood, and experiences of childhood adversity. Most effect sizes were weak or moderate.

Conclusions The convergence of childhood adversity, psychiatric problems in childhood and adulthood, and alcohol abuse is consistent with studies that have found these as risk markers for offending.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-331
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Volume38
Issue number4
Early online date11 Oct 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

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Lindsay, William R. ; Carson, Derek ; Holland, Anthony J. ; Taylor, John L. ; O'Brien, Gregory ; Wheeler, Jessica R. ; Steptoe, Lesley. / Alcohol and its relationship to offence variables in a cohort of offenders with intellectual disability. In: Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability. 2013 ; Vol. 38, No. 4. pp. 325-331.
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In: Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Vol. 38, No. 4, 12.2013, p. 325-331.

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