alcohol and society
Drunken hooligans often put their aggression down to their drinking, but an alcoholic intoxication is no excuse for criminal behaviour.
Excessive drinking removes inhibitions and causes people to lose control of their actions. However, recent research has shown that drunken test subjects are just as capable of keeping control of their actions as more sober persons. A British experiment has demonstrated that, if subjects receive a reward for displaying a given behaviour pattern, they will do so, drunk or sober. Conclusion: drunkenness cannot be used as an extenuating circumstance for acts of violence.
Source: Alcoholism: clinical and experimental research; 2001.