Crime, Punishment and the Drinking Offender

  • Judith Rumgay

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 209-234

About this book


Judith Rumgay explores theoretical explanations of the alcohol-crime relationship, critically analyses their empirical support in research, and develops a perspective based on 'expectancy theory', which suggests that alcohol facilitates offending less through its real pharmacological effects than through the variety of common sense beliefs about those effects which are embedded in everyday life. An empirical study of magistrates' sentencing decisions illuminates the diversity of explanations for crime based on intoxication, through the appeal to common sense beliefs about alcohol's effects.


alcohol Common Sense crime Everyday Life punishment research

Authors and affiliations

  • Judith Rumgay
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  1. 1.Department of Social Policy and AdministrationLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceUK

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