Expert Sets Agenda for Reducing Alcohol-Related Crime

Issue date: 04 September 2009


Professor Robert Parker The world's foremost expert on the relationship between alcohol and violent crime, Professor Robert Nash Parker, will present the keynote lecture at an international conference on Youth, Alcohol and Crime. This event is organized by the University of the West of England (UWE) and will take place at the Watershed in Bristol on Friday, 13 November 2009.

Robert Parker is Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies at the University of California, Riverside, USA.

He is the author of Alcohol and Homicide: A Deadly Combination of Two American Traditions, (State University of New York Press, (1995) and has written extensively on the link between alcohol and youth violence in the USA and Europe.

Professor Parker's conference address will focus on studies which show how youth and gang-related violence can be addressed by alcohol regulation, policy, and enforcement. Recent research study results of gang violence, neighbourhood violence, and sexual violence will be presented, and the success and potential for success of alcohol policy to prevent these criminal acts involving youth as offenders and victims will be highlighted.

Professor Parker is currently working on a new book entitled, Alcohol and Violence: The Nature of the Relationship and the Promise of Prevention, in which his recent research will be presented. The book explores different aspects of the alcohol and violence relationship, with a focus on youth. It looks at early onset of alcohol and violence among children as young as seven years of age, explores the link between availability of alcohol in neighbourhoods and youth violence, and examines the link between alcohol advertising in retail establishments that demeans women and the neighbourhood rate of sexual violence among young female victims.

The second half of the book is devoted to studies of how legal and social changes in the neighbourhood, locality, city, region, and national environment can successfully reduce alcohol related youth violence and break the alcohol-youth violence link through regulation, enforcement, and organized efforts on the part of communities, law enforcement agencies, local governments and national policy.

Professor Martin Plant, Professor of Addiction Studies at UWE, says, “Alcohol-related violence is a massive international problem. Millions of people have their lives, families and communities ruined by this phenomenon. In some cases the results are fatal. It will be a rare privilege to hear Professor Parker's remarks and to learn from his enormous experience on this subject.”

This conference will focus on some of the most serious problems associated with youth drinking. These include heavy and problematic drinking amongst young men and women in different countries, as well as practical ways of curbing such problems. Speakers include distinguished experts from the UK and other countries. It is expected that they will provide many new insights into this problem and better ways of coping with it.

Conference speakers include Professor Thoruddur Bjarnason (Iceland), Dr Douglas Cameron, Mr John Carnochan QPM, Dr Gavin Dingwall, Professor Henk Garretsen (the Netherlands), Professor Richard Hammersley, Professor Roy Light from UWE, Professor Rod Morgan, Professor Robert Nash Parker (USA), Professor Martin Plant, Professor Moira Plant, Dr Bruce Ritson and Dr Samantha Wells (Canada).

To register for the conference contact jan.green@uwe.ac.uk.

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