August 2012: Alcoholism At Large
Childhood abuse among alcoholics
A new study has found significant rates of childhood trauma among alcohol-dependent individuals undergoing inpatient detoxification and treatment. Childhood trauma experience can include sexual, physical and emotional abuse as well as physical or emotional neglect.
“Previous studies have found that alcoholic patients self-report higher rates of physical and sexual abuse in childhood compared to the general population,” said Markus Heilig, clinical director at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and the author for the...