Alcohol Leads to More Violence than Other Drugs, But You'd Never Know from the Headlines
Mar 10, 2017
The Conversation has published an article written by Stephen Bright from Edith Cowan University and Martin Williams from Monash University called "Alcohol leads to more violence than other drugs, but you'd never know from the headlines". The article highlights the way mainstream media report stories about illicit drugs rather than alcohol as the media is more likely to link illegal drugs to violent crime when a significant percentage of these crimes are alcohol related. How the brain responds to alcohol and drugs is discussed and the authors also point out that media reporting shapes people's opinion and therefore illicit drug users are considered to be more violent and tend to experience further marginalisation.