Dating violence and alcohol use
Alcohol played a role in 55 percent of domestic violence cases among these victims.Another study published by the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) showed that victims of domestic abuse were twice as likely to consume alcohol than their partner who perpetuated the abuse.Alcohol is often involved in instances of domestic abuse, both by the perpetrator and the victim, which can result in a more significant and negative outcomes.Alcohol may be used as a coping mechanism to numb the physical and/or emotional pain and trauma caused by domestic abuse.
A perpetuator of domestic abuse may fear being “found out” and encourage secrecy and isolation as well.
Therefore, it may also play a role in worsening situations of domestic abuse.
The World Health Organization (WHO) publishes that alcohol can make a person less likely to try to navigate a potentially volatile situation and therefore can inhibit a person’s abilities to negotiate a nonviolent solution due to a lack of self-control brought about by alcohol.
In general, women struggle with alcohol abuse and addiction at lower rates than men.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) publishes that nearly 10 million men in the US battled alcohol use disorder (AUD) in 2015 while just over 5 million women did.