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If a being commits a crime under the influence of alcohol, is it right to convict them?

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Started: 7/21/2015 Category: People
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Th3TrUtHhUrTs

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My intent in creating this debate was mainly to hear everyone's opinions for some insight on my article therefore i would love it if you would comment. But I will still debate.
ndragus

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It is not right to convict a person who commits a crime under the influence of alcohol.

Alcohol is a powerful depressant that has tremendous effects on the brain which alters a person psychologically causing them to lose their ability to rationalize clearly. Elevated levels of norepinephrine -- which is a neurotransmitter that constricts blood vessels, raises blood pressure, and dilates bronchi) -- causes a person to lose their inhibitions making them act solely on impulsivity. A person under the influence of alcohol therefore acts based on impulse alone, causing him/her to seek only pleasure and adrenaline, which can be obtained by doing illegal actions due to a person's desire to break restrictions, causing him/her to act without considering potential consequences. With the idea that alcohol causes actions based on impulse, studies show that alcohol consumption results in a decrease in the activity of the prefrontal cortex, which is the area of the brain responsible for decision making proving that a person cannot think clearly under the influence of alcohol and is not responsible for his/her actions. The prefrontal cortex of the brain not only controls all decisions that a person makes, but it also the centre which plays a key role in preventing aggressive behaviour, demonstrating the connection between decisions made which lead to violent actions and the influence that alcohol has on these actions, which shows that with activity levels low in this part of the brain, a person is more prone to violence, leading to undesired criminal offences that someone cannot control.

Along with the notion of alcohol having detrimental effects leading to psychological consequences, the powerful substance also effects a person physically causing someone to lack control over his/her body. Blackouts often occur from alcohol consumption and can occur after consuming large quantities of alcohol over a short period of time and on an empty stomach causing the intoxicated victim to have difficulty recalling key events. People who have experienced blackouts reported that they later learned that they had participated in a wide range of potentially dangerous and illegal events such as vandalism, unprotected sex, and driving all of which they could not remember doing at the time, illustrating that alcohol has the power to completely cloud a person's rationale to the point where they cannot even recall their actions proving that they should not be held accountable for their doings under the influence of alcohol due to the fact that a person is not in his/her normal state when intoxicated. With the idea of memory loss occurring from blackouts, a consumer of alcohol can develop brain disorders such as Wernicke"Korsakoff Syndrome which comes with symptoms that cause a person to lack control over his/her body. Mental confusion, paralysis of the nerves that move the eyes (i.e., oculomotor disturbances), and difficulty with muscle coordination are all symptoms of this disease causing a person to often have difficulty coordinating through a room, patients are often confused and may not be able to walk proving the tremendous domination that alcohol can have on person's body making it difficult for someone to control even the simplest actions such as walking, let alone acts of crime.

It is unjust to convict a person who commits a crime under the influence of alcohol because each person through their prefrontal cortex is physically given the ability to make rash decisions but if this ability is taken away from someone due to alcohol then they can no longer be held responsible for the actions which they have no control over. It is not the person to blame but the alcohol and therefore instead of convicting the person, help should be given to him/her in order to prevent someone from turning to alcohol causing him/her to omit further crime and learn from the mistakes made.
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Posted by germaingoh 2 years ago
germaingoh
It will have to depend on the definition of a crime, as mentalist said. Not all drunk people murder people but they still do stupid stuff because of the state they're in
Posted by Berend 2 years ago
Berend
Turn this slowly into a debate on free will land determinism and the outcome of the debate on if it is or not becomes more interesting.
Posted by mentalist 2 years ago
mentalist
It depends on your definition of crime. Murder - yes, Jaywalking - no.
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