Alcohol Misuse and Gun Violence: What We Know

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An association between alcohol and gun violence has been widely established, but is often overlooked in favor of focus on the less well-established relationship between gun violence and mental illness. CREDIT ARISA CHATTASA / UNSPLASH

While the relationship between gun violence and mental health get lots of attention, numerous studies have established a much stronger link between excessive alcohol consumption and gun violence.

A 2015 study from the University of California, Davis, found that death rates from alcohol-related gun violence were higher than those from car crashes. The UC Davis Center for Violence Prevention Research Big Idea is poised to tackle this research and use science to inform public policy in order to create a safer future for the next generation.

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