Crime in America: Alcohol and Drugs. Alcohol is the most widely abused substance in the United States today. It is mostly abused because it is socially acceptable in our society.
Alcohol and Drugs
Alcohol abuse was a factor in 35% of the crime in the U.S. in 2001 and 66% of the victims who suffered abuse by a spouse, former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend report that alcohol had been a factor.
When a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is between .01 to .09 then the person is considered impaired.
A driver who has stopped may choose not to take an alcohol test. In some states refusing to take this test could result in an immediate and automatic suspension of the driver’s license for certain period even if the driver was found not guilty.
Young people are more likely to be injured or killed in alcohol related accidents than people of any other age group.
Illegal drugs use in not a new phenomenon. But it has become increasingly widespread, and its effects have touched nearly everyone in America.
Between 50-70 percent of all persons taken into the criminal justice system test positive for one or more drugs at the time of their arrest.