Diazepam, alcohol use and violence among male young offenders: 'the devil's mixture’

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  • A. Forsyth (2011) Diazepam, alcohol use and violence article

    Rights statement: Originally published in Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy (2011), 18 (6), pp.468-476, published by Informa Healthcare. Final published version available from DOI link below. Copyright © 2011 Informa Plc.

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  • Alasdair Forsyth
  • Furzana Khan
  • William McKinlay

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)468-476
JournalDrugs: Education, Prevention and Policy
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2011


Diazepam is a benzodiazepine which has a history of usage among problem drug using groups. It has also been linked to aggression in laboratory settings. This article will examine illicit diazepam use and violence amongst predominantly alcohol-orientated offenders. A self-complete survey of male Young Offenders (n¿=¿172) recruited during their induction into Scotland's only Young Offender's Institution was carried out during 2007. Qualitative interviews (n¿=¿30) were conducted during 2008 on another sample recruited in the same way.


  • benzodiazepines, alcohol, violence, diazepam, young offenders

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