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Durham University

Department of Philosophy


Publication details for Professor Thom Brooks

Brooks, Thom (2015). Alcohol and Controlling Risks through Nudges. The New Bioethics 21(1): 46-55.

Author(s) from Durham


This article examines the relation of risks and public policy through the lens of alcohol and crime. Alcohol thus lives a double-life as a fountain of celebration while also a wellspring of potentially serious harms. The issue of how risks might be managed much better is approached through considering three different arenas within the criminal law concluding that it is a crude mechanism for grappling with complex issues of criminal responsibility for any higher risks associated with becoming under the influence. The article defends the use of nudges as an under explored area for public policy decision-making and proposes new policies based on them.