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February 17, 2011

Researchers Find Link Between Trauma and Alcohol Dependence

““We found evidence that some of the genetic factors that contribute to PTSD also contribute to alcohol dependence,” she explains.”

Full Article at: <a href= " Trauma increases risks for alcohol problems in women
February 14, 2011
By Jim Dryden

"The research team, led by Carolyn E. Sartor, PhD, research instructor in psychiatry at the School of Medicine, studied 3,768 female twins ages 18 to 29 to measure the influence of genes and environment in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol dependence."

"The results showed elevated rates of alcohol dependence in women with PTSD. One in three of the women suffering from PTSD developed alcohol dependence, but it was not just women who developed PTSD after experiencing a traumatic event who were at higher risk for becoming alcohol dependent. Although these women had the highest rates of alcohol dependence, women who experienced trauma but did not develop PTSD had double the rates of alcohol dependence of women with no history of trauma: 14.8 percent to 7.3 percent."

“We found evidence that some of the genetic factors that contribute to PTSD also contribute to alcohol dependence,” she explains. “That means women with a family history of either PTSD or alcohol-related problems are more susceptible to both disorders.”

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