Alcohol and Violence in the Lives of Gang Members

About the Course:

Alcohol and Violence in the Lives of Gang Members provides a brief review of the extent to which drinking is a pervasive feature of gang life and the ways in which drinking connects with different types and settings of violent behavior.

Journal/Publisher:

Alcohol Research & Health

Publication Date:

2001

Authors

Karen Joe Laidler, Ph.D.; Geoffrey P. Hunt, Ph.D.

About the Authors:

Karen Joe Laidler, Ph.D., is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Hong Kong in SAR of China.

Geoffrey P. Hunt, Ph.D., is a senior scientist at the Institute for Scientific Analysis in Alameda, California.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about alcohol and violence in the lives of gang members. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the connection between alcohol and gang life.

  2. Describe the significance of symbolic drinking.

  3. Identify the amount of alcohol use by ethnicity in several different social contexts.

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