§ 23-1.10-1 Declaration of policy.
The problem of alcoholism, with its attendant effects upon the economic condition of alcoholics and those dependent upon them, and the substantial physical deterioration brought about by the misuse of alcohol, has, as shown by the studies, become more and more a major concern of government. Those who, through the misuse of alcohol, adversely affect their health and their economic independence have in recent years increased in number. This chapter is designed to provide proper treatment for those who have been habitually misusing alcohol as a beverage. It is the further policy of this state that alcoholics and intoxicated persons may not be subjected to criminal prosecution because of their consumption of alcoholic beverages but rather should be afforded a continuum of treatment in order that they may lead normal lives as productive members of society.
(P.L. 1951, ch. 2755, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 40-12-1; P.L. 1972, ch. 130, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 40.1-4-1; P.L. 1995, ch. 370, art. 14, § 4.)