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January 2004

Alcohol and reoffending—who cares?

This briefing paper focuses on the high level of alcohol misuse and dependence within the prison population. In recent years a great deal of time and money has been spent developing drug policies and treatment. In comparison alcohol has been overlooked and largely forgotten about. This is despite the fact that alcohol related crime is a key issue for the government and that nearly two thirds of the 74,000 people in prison are hazardous drinkers.