Special Issue "Alcohol-Related Violence: The Impact of Drinking Pattern, Drinker Personality and Drinking Context"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Peter Miller
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School of Psychology, Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus, Geelong, VIC 3220, Australia
Interests: alcohol-related violence in licensed venues; predictors of violence; alcohol/drug use in rural populations; the behaviour of vested interests such as the global alcohol industry
Prof. Dr. Simon C. Moore
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Applied Clinical Research and Public Health, Cardiff University, Cardiff, CF10 3AT, UK
Interests: alcohol misuse; substance abuse
Dr. Richelle Mayshak
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Guest Editor
School of Psychology, Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus, Geelong, VIC 3220, Australia
Interests: monitoring foot-traffic

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The burden of violence is a substantial public health issue. Globally, violence is a major cause of death and disability for people under the age of 44 years of age. Alcohol plays a significant role in violence, but the relationship is complex. It is important to consider drinking levels, patterns, the context in which alcohol is consumed, the personality of the drinker, and the way in which these factors interact to promote aggression and violence. Health conditions are also implicated including, but not limited to, mental health, cognitive disorders (such as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), and "diabetic rage.” However, the available evidence is spread broadly across disciplines, precluding opportunities for consolidation and synthesis. Furthermore, evidence can often be contested on ideological grounds, or to serve the vested interests of the alcohol industry and its affiliate industries (e.g., sports, advertising and music). The purpose of this Special Issue is to therefore provide a platform for articles of relevance that will stimulate scholarly investigation and discussion of the different factors associated with alcohol-related violence.

 

This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) therefore welcomes submissions focusing on the relationship between alcohol, aggression and violence, including the impact of drinking patterns, drinker personalities, and drinking contexts. We also welcome submissions covering interventions that address alcohol-related aggression, including interventions in vulnerable populations, such as dependent drinkers and their families. Submissions can focus on activities that impede or facilitate the formulation and implementation of promising alcohol policies, including collaborations with policymakers, improving advocacy strategies, and exposing and countering conflicts of interest and/or the actions of industry actors. While the focus will be on empirical and review articles, articles with an editorial style or that propose methodological innovations will also be considered.

Prof. Dr. Peter Miller
Prof. Dr. Simon C. Moore
Dr. Richelle Mayshak

Guest Editors

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Male Barroom Aggression among Members of the Australian Construction Industry: Associations with Heavy Episodic Drinking, Trait Variables and Masculinity Factors
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(13), 6769; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18136769 - 24 Jun 2021
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Introduction and Aims: Past research indicates heavy episodic drinking (HED), trait aggression, male honour and conformity to masculine norms are risk factors for male barroom aggression (MBA) perpetration. However, little is known about the impact of these variables on experiences of MBA victimization. [...] Read more.
Introduction and Aims: Past research indicates heavy episodic drinking (HED), trait aggression, male honour and conformity to masculine norms are risk factors for male barroom aggression (MBA) perpetration. However, little is known about the impact of these variables on experiences of MBA victimization. Further, data derived previously, particularly in relation to perpetration have come from relatively low-risk samples comprising university students, limiting the generalizability of findings to other, at-risk male groups. Thus, the present study assessed the impact of the aforementioned variables as well as personality constructs of impulsivity and narcissism on both the perpetration of and victimization from MBA among a high-risk sample sourced from male members of the Australian construction industry. Method: A purposive sample of Australian male construction workers aged 18 to 69 years (n = 476, Mage = 25.90, SDage = 9.44) completed individual interviews at their current place of employment or while training at various trade schools in Geelong and Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Items related to past month HED, past year experiences of verbal and physical MBA (perpetration and victimization), trait aggression’s four factors (physical, verbal, anger, hostility), impulsivity, narcissism, male honour and conformity to masculine norms. Results: Participants reported high levels of verbal (24.2%) and physical (21%) MBA perpetration and verbal (33.6%) and physical (31.1%) MBA victimization. Hierarchical binary logistic regression analyses identified HED as the strongest predictor of aggression involvement, while trait physical aggression, trait anger, narcissism and conformity to norms endorsing violence and a need to win were significantly and positively associated with MBA perpetration. Conclusions: The present study reinforces the key relationships between heavy drinking and aspects of personality and MBA, while also highlighting narcissism as a risk factor for barroom aggression perpetration. Indeed, personality profiles and HED appear to exert stronger influences on MBA perpetration than socially constructed masculinity factors, most of which were unrelated to aggression involvement in bars, clubs or pubs. Full article
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The Influence of Alcohol Consumption on Fighting, Shoplifting and Vandalism in Young Adults
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(7), 3509; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18073509 - 28 Mar 2021
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Experimental studies support the conventional belief that people behave more aggressively whilst under the influence of alcohol. To examine how these experimental findings manifest in real life situations, this study uses a method for estimating evidence for causality with observational data—‘situational decomposition’ to [...] Read more.
Experimental studies support the conventional belief that people behave more aggressively whilst under the influence of alcohol. To examine how these experimental findings manifest in real life situations, this study uses a method for estimating evidence for causality with observational data—‘situational decomposition’ to examine the association between alcohol consumption and crime in young adults from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. Self-report questionnaires were completed at age 24 years to assess typical alcohol consumption and frequency, participation in fighting, shoplifting and vandalism in the previous year, and whether these crimes were committed under the influence of alcohol. Situational decomposition compares the strength of two associations, (1) the total association between alcohol consumption and crime (sober or intoxicated) versus (2) the association between alcohol consumption and crime committed while sober. There was an association between typical alcohol consumption and total crime for fighting [OR (95% CI): 1.47 (1.29, 1.67)], shoplifting [OR (95% CI): 1.25 (1.12, 1.40)], and vandalism [OR (95% CI): 1.33 (1.12, 1.57)]. The associations for both fighting and shoplifting had a small causal component (with the association for sober crime slightly smaller than the association for total crime). However, the association for vandalism had a larger causal component. Full article
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Examining the Intended and Unintended Impacts of Raising a Minimum Legal Drinking Age on Primary and Secondary Societal Harm and Violence from a Contextual Policy Perspective: A Scoping Review
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(4), 1999; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041999 - 19 Feb 2021
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Raising a minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) has generated interest and debate in research and politics, but opposition persists. Up to now, the presentation of impacts focussed on effectiveness (i.e., intended impact); to our knowledge, no literature syntheses focussed on both intended and [...] Read more.
Raising a minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) has generated interest and debate in research and politics, but opposition persists. Up to now, the presentation of impacts focussed on effectiveness (i.e., intended impact); to our knowledge, no literature syntheses focussed on both intended and unintended impacts. A systematic scoping review was conducted in which a search strategy was developed iteratively and literature was obtained from experts in alcohol research and scientific and grey databases. Ninety-one studies were extracted and analysed using formative thematic content analysis. Intended impacts were reported in 119 units of information from the studies (68% positive), forming four paths: implementation, primary and (two) on secondary societal harm and violence. Unintended developments were reported in 43 units of information (30% positive), forming five themes. Only eight studies reported on implementation. Furthermore, a division between primary and secondary paths and the use of a bridging variable (drinking patterns in analyses or methodology) was discovered. These results provide an insight into how well legislation works and can be used to discover or implement new means of curbing underage drinking and alcohol-related violence and harm. They also offer valuable starting points for future research and underline the importance of considering unintended developments. Full article
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