Alcohol a Massive Factor in Serious Crime, Domestic Violence

Alcohol is becoming a serious problem leading beyond inebriation to serious crime. The Chosun Ilbo and the National Police Agency analyzed 2.9 million serious crimes -- murder, rape, robbery, burglary, and violence -- from 2007 until April 2012, and found that 877,808 or 29.6 percent of the perpetrators were drunk.

That translates into 1.38 murders, 7.34 robberies and 34.33 rape cases every day being committed by people who are drunk.

Some 37.9 percent of murders and 38.5 percent of rapes and 35.5 percent of violent assaults were committed under the influence. The same was true for 76 percent of public-order offences.

Domestic violence is also often caused by alcohol.

The Chosun Ilbo commissioned the Korea Women's Hot Line to examine consultations with 294 callers it undertook from 2008 to 2010 and found that 44.2 percent said domestic violence happened most often when the husband got drunk.

Nearly half of all cases of domestic violence can be blamed on excessive drinking.

Song Ran-hee at the Korea Women's Hot Line said, "Men tend to resort to violence because they are drunk, and then they tend to drink more to avoid the shame of what they have done. If this happens frequently, it becomes the vicious cycle."

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 09, 2012 08:13 KST