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Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Alcohol and Crime: Data from 2002 to 2008

Alcohol-related violence (23%) and violence in which no alcohol was involved (20%) were equally likely to involve a weapon

  • A knife was the most frequently used type of weapon in violence involving alcohol.
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Table 28. Presence of weapons in violent victimizations where victims perceived alcohol use by offenders, 2004-2008
Alcohol-related Other violent Don't know



Percent   Standard
error
Percent   Standard
error
Percent   Standard
error

Total 100.0 % -- 100.0 % -- 100.0 % --
No weapon 69.8 %* 1.86 76.8 % 1.43 62.5 % 1.40
Weapon 23.1 % 1.64 19.8 % 1.27 26.3 % 1.22
Firearm 4.2 0.74 4.9 0.65 12.2 0.87
Knifea 8.2 1.03 6.6 0.76 5.5 0.59
Blunt object 5.4 0.84 3.8 0.58 4.2 0.52
Other 4.2 0.74 3.4 0.55 2.7 0.41
Type of weapon unknown 1.2 0.38 1.2 0.31 1.6 0.32
Presence of weapon unknown 7.1 %* 0.96   3.4 % 0.54     11.2 % 0.84  

--Not applicable.
aIncludes knives and sharp objects.
*Difference between percent perceiving alcohol use and percent not perceiving alcohol use is significant at 95% confidence level.

Source: National Crime Victimization Survey, 2004-2008.









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