Reassessing the alcohol-violence linkage: Results from a multiethnic city

Amie L. Nielsen, Ramiro Martinez

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This article examines the relationship between alcohol availability and nonlethal violence at the census-tract level in Miami, a multiethnic city with high levels of disadvantage and immigration. The effects of alcohol (total outlet rate) are considered from the perspectives of social disorganization and routine activities theories. Nonlethal violence is the average annual rates of robbery, aggravated assault, and total violence (combined aggravated assault and robbery). The analyses include corrections for spatial autocorrelation. The results show that alcohol availability has strong positive effects on rates of nonlethal violence and that the percentage of recent immigrants is also a significant positive predictor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-469
Number of pages25
JournalJustice Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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