CJ016 Perceptions of Misuse - Alcohol

Alcohol is the drug of choice in Western society and is very normalized. Most people don't think much of it.1 Even though it is legal, it can have devastating effects on people’s lives. How much one drinks is based on many factors and may be influenced by perceptions of the attitudes of peers and close family members.  


Data Sources

Interviews of jail inmates completed by staff from The Recovery Center, Fairfield County ADAMH Board. The Center for State Courts provided analysis of the data as part of the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Grant received by the Fairfield County ADAMH Board, 2013-2016.


The jail population consisted of inmates who scored ≥4 on the Simple Screening Instrument, which indicated moderate to high risk for alcohol or drug abuse.  The privacy restrictions approved by the National Center for State Court’s Institutional Review Board were followed.  Limited demographics were collected to ensure anonymity.  The jail sample was primarily male (71%) and the age distribution was 18-24 (22%), 25-34 (40%), 35-44 (24%), 45-54 (10%), and 55 years or older (4%).