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THE SEXUAL PSYCHOPATH: GAMBLING, DRUGS, AND ALCOHOL

Among our six comparative sex-offense types from roughly three quarters to one half of the sexual psychopaths and other offenders had some gambling experience. In five of these six groups the sexual psychopaths had fewer individuals with such experience, the differences ranging from three to 23 percentage points. Only among the aggressors vs. adults did the sexual psychopaths exceed their nonpsychopath counterparts in the proportion with gambling experience.

From 7 to 29 per cent of the sexual psychopaths and other offenders had used, at least once, some drugs or marijuana. In five of the six sex-offense types the proportion of sexual psychopaths was smaller, the difference between their figures and those of the other offenders being seven to 12 percentage points. The exception was the incest offenders wherein the proportion of sexual psychopaths with drug experience was substantially increased by an unexpectedly large number of marijuana smokers.

A tabulation of whether or not a person ever drank alcoholic beverages did not differentiate sexual psychopaths from other offenders, but a subdivision based on the degree of alcohol use proved very illuminating. The sexual psychopaths were far more moderate in their alcoholic consumption than were the other offenders. In all but one of our comparisons they had substantially larger proportions of men who used alcohol very little or rarely, and substantially smaller proportions of alcoholics. For example, the sexual psychopaths had from 7 to 18 per cent of their number rated as having been alcoholic, whereas the range for the other offenders was 20 to 33 per cent. In the individual comparisons the differences were from eight to 25 percentage points.

This lesser use of alcohol by the sexual psychopaths is certainly to some unknown degree the result of the clinicians' using amenability to therapy as a criterion in determining who shall be called a sexual psychopath. Because heavy drinking and particularly chronic alcoholism create such an unfavorable prognosis there appears to have been a tendency to eliminate such men from the initial step in the sexual psychopathy procedure (i.e., asking for an examination). Even if an alcoholic were caught up in the sexual psychopathy procedure, there was again a tendency to regard him as untreatable and hence not diagnose him as a sexual psychopath.

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