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Social and Stress-related Influences of Police Officers’ Alcohol Consumption

Abstract

Prior research on the use of alcohol by police officers has shown that there are correlations between the officers’ alcohol consumption and stress or social relationships within the police sub-culture. By looking at 1,328 full time officers from municipal, county, and state departments, the researchers found that there were correlations between these two reasons as in prior literature. Surprisingly, the officers drew a clear distinction between drinking alcohol as a social outlet and drinking alcohol to fit in with their peers. As a result, this study explains a third reason the officers used when consuming alcohol. The officers most at risk for drinking problems admitted that fitting in was highest on their list of why they drank alcohol.

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Lindsay, V., Shelley, K. Social and Stress-related Influences of Police Officers’ Alcohol Consumption. J Police Crim Psych 24, 87–92 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-009-9048-9

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Keywords

  • Police
  • Alcohol
  • Drinking
  • Social
  • Police sub-culture