Alcohol abuse and PSTD frequently occur together. The combination of both causes major challenges for the sufferer and for their family.
People who have PTSD are much more probable than non-trauma sufferers to develop alcohol related problems. At the same time people who drink too much often experience PTSD. People who have PTSD can have trouble with drinking too much, both before getting PTSD as well as after developing PTSD. Likewise PTSD greatly increases the odds of developing drinking problems.
Studies have shown women are more inclined than men with PTSD to start drinking too much. An astounding 75% of abuse victims have problems with drinking. Compare this to people who weren’t abused but had a trauma in their life such as experiencing a disaster, being very ill or in a bad accident where 33% reported drinking too much.
For veterans of Vietnam who have PTSD, close to 70% abuse…
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