176530 Liquid courage: Alcohol consumption and sexual violence

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Gisela Rots, MSc , Cambridge Prevention Coalition, City of Cambridge, Cambridge, MA
Kimmel Yeager, MEd , Office of Community Development and Substance Abuse Programs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Alexandra Detjens, MEd , Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge, MA
Alcohol and drug use are often found to be high catalysts for violent behavior. Research has found that alcohol is a frequently-cited contributor to sexual violence - approximately one-half of all cases of sexual assault and rape involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, the victim, or both . Perpetrators believe that women who have two or more drinks are more interested than other women in having sex . While alcohol and other drug use alone do not cause violence, they can interact with other risk factors to increase the likelihood of violent incidents. With relationship violence, an already volatile relationship can be exacerbated by alcohol. This presentation will report on the relationship between alcohol consumption at the point of sale and sexually violent acts and actions that take place in licensed establishments.

Bar and club personnel (including servers, security and managers/owners) have a key role in preventing violence in bar/club settings by deterring and detecting disorder as well as managing acts of misconduct among patrons. This presentation will focus on the information gathered during focus groups and surveys of Cambridge, MA liquor licensees that serve as the basis for a plan to foster understanding about the signs and symptoms of violence that are detectable in the bar/club setting. Additionally, the plan will help violence and substance abuse prevention advocates and professionals assist bar and club personnel in developing skills in effective intervention techniques that increase the safety of staff and customers.

Learning Objectives:
Identify the impacts of alcohol on violent behavior; Recognize how bar/club personnel view their role in violence prevention; Develop steps prevention efforts can take to reduce the risk of violence among bar patrons.

Keywords: Alcohol Problems, Violence Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: my organization is the lead on this project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.