Dating violence and alcohol use
Physical health conditions and injuries may be the result of domestic abuse, trauma, and addiction as well.
A woman who lives with domestic abuse may face many potential barriers to treatment.
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 a central nervous system depressant that dampens anxiety and the body’s natural reaction to stress by inducing relaxation, slowing heart rate and blood pressure, and lowering body temperature.
Alcohol can therefore temporarily relieve feelings of stress and become a form of self-medication for stressful events or emotions.
Intimidation and control are major components of domestic abuse that may prevent a woman from seeking treatment.
A perpetuator of domestic abuse may fear being “found out” and encourage secrecy and isolation as well.
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.
An abusive relationship can lead to a stressful and chaotic home environment as well, which is another potential risk factor for addiction.
Stress can also contribute to relapse, warns, which is a return to drinking after stopping for any length of time.
The abuser may use alcohol as a method of control, perpetuating and enabling the addiction.
A person in an abusive relationship may be under the financial control of a partner and not able to seek help on their own.
Mood swings, personality shifts, and uncharacteristic behaviors are typical. A person battling alcohol addiction may continue to drink in potentially risky situations and do so despite knowing that drinking will cause them more personal harm.