Dating violence and alcohol use

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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.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.They may also need to drink more and more each time (increasing tolerance) in order to keep feeling the effects of alcohol.Women who suffer from intimate partner violence are more likely to abuse substances than those who don’t.

Drinking to excess on a regular basis can cause the brain to become chemically imbalanced, leading to alcohol dependence, which may then lead to compulsive alcohol consumption, or addiction.Abuse of alcohol can make it more likely for a person to be victimized and can also increase suicidal ideations and inclinations.While alcohol may seem to numb the pain and make it more palatable in the short-term, drinking to reduce emotional and/or physical distress can have lasting and far-reaching consequences.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.

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