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Alaska, Alcohol related crime, Domestic violence, Dark and cold winter months
Alaska is known for its long, dark, cold winter months. Daylight savings time exists to cope with months that have little sunlight, but that still leaves on average, five hours of daylight. Special light bulbs exist to help with the darkness by providing light that tricks the body into thinking it is getting more sun than it really is. As daylight decreases, the weather turns colder; depression, alcohol, and domestic violence begin to rise. Studies show alcohol related crime and domestic violence occur more during the winter months in Alaska. This research paper will analyze the data pertaining to alcohol and domestic violence crimes in Alaska to see if a relationship exists with the winters.
Read, Jennifer Marie, "Alaska Winter's Relationship to Domestic Violence and Alcohol Abuse" (2013). Geography and the Environment: Graduate Student Capstones. 43.