Nearly 4 in every 10 violent crimes involve alcohol, 4 in 10 fatal car crashes are alcohol-related and 4 in 10 offenders on probation, state prison or local jail, report they were using alcohol at the time they committed the crime (National Symposium on Alcohol Abuse and Crime, 1998). Violent crime and alcohol have had a long historical association. 7 out of 10 violent crimes related to alcohol take place within the home and are preceded by verbal argumentation and the perpetrator of the crime is usually the one who is intoxicated, according to a study published in the Journal of Addictions (Murdoch & Ross, 2009).

It would be appropriate to state that various social ills and their far-reaching effects on the individual, family and society, are due to the use and misuse of alcohol. On average 88,000 deaths are linked to alcohol per year in the US alone.

In Islam, the consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited and alcohol is considered ‘haram’ or impermissible. The Quran explicitly states the forbidden in several places. For example:

O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone altars [to other than Allah], and diving arrows are but defilement from the wok of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful. (The Quran, Chapter 5 Verse 90).

All intoxicants are prohibited in Islam, so modern drugs which have not been named in the Quran are not exempt from the prohibition. Intoxicants are regarded as one of the means for Satan to avert people from the right path which would make them successful in the worldly life and the hereafter.