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Childhood Stress, Abuse Leads to Teen Drinking

Childhood Stress/Abuse Leads to Teen DrinkingA study of African youth has discovered an association between a difficult childhood and alcohol consumption as a teenager.

Researchers studied the association between adverse childhood experiences and drunkenness among 9,189 adolescents aged 12-19 years living in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi, and Uganda.

Dr. Caroline Kabiru and a team of researchers from the African Population and Health Research Center, Nairobi, Kenya conducted the study. They noted, “Overall, 9 percent of adolescents reported that they had been drunk in the 12 months preceding the survey.

“In general, respondents who had lived in a food-insecure household, lived with a problem drinker, been physically abused, or been coerced into having sex were more likely to report drunkenness.”

There has previously been little research into the determinants of alcohol use among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. The researchers’ work is supported by similar studies in other parts of the world, which also draw a link between adverse childhood experiences and future drinking.

Speaking about the findings, Dr. Kabiru said, “Early treatment for traumatic childhood experiences may be an essential component of interventions designed to prevent alcohol abuse among adolescents.”

The study is found in BioMed Central’s open access journal Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health.

Source: BioMed Central

Childhood Stress, Abuse Leads to Teen Drinking

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Childhood Stress, Abuse Leads to Teen Drinking. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 17, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2010/07/06/childhood-stress-abuse-leads-to-teen-drinking/15338.html

 

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