Homicide and Alcohol

Alcoholics Anonymous 12 step program decreases Homicide levels

Research shows that as participation in the A.A. 12 step programme increased, homicide levels decreased. There is a strong association between alcohol use and violence, and as Alcoholics Anonymous membership increased, so homicide levels decreased. Robert E. Mann, senior scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and one of the researchers in this study says, "These findings are particularly interesting because they suggest that participation in AA and alcohol treatment may be exerting beneficial effects that are influencing alcohol-related homicide rates at the population level." Said Mann. "These observations are also in agreement with recent studies of the effects of AA membership rates on deaths from alcohol-related liver disease and suicide, and they increase our confidence that we can achieve success in efforts to prevent or reduce alcohol-related problems."