Dating violence and alcohol use
How far it goes and whether it escalates and turns violent depends on a lot of different factors—what the argument is about, the personalities of the people involved, where the fight takes place, and whether or not one or both people are under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
A NIDA-funded study looked at youth who were treated in an urban emergency department because of a violence-related injury.
According to the Women's Rural Advocacy Program, no evidence supports a cause-and-effect relationship between the two problems.
However, neither friend peer violence nor neighborhood violence moderated relations between alcohol use and dating violence.
Taken together, findings suggest that as adolescents grow older, individual and contextual moderators may play an increasingly important role in explaining individual differences in relations between alcohol use and dating violence.
Implications for the design and evaluation of dating abuse prevention programs are discussed.
In a community-based study, Pernanen (4) found that 42 percent of violent crimes reported to the police involved alcohol, although 51 percent of the victims interviewed believed that their assailants had been drinking.
Several models have been proposed to explain the complex relationships between violence or aggression and alcohol consumption.
Watch out for these common excuses: It’s important to remember that when your partner is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, their actions still reflect their personality.