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From the June 2014 magazine.

Alcoholism at Large

Drinking and PTSD: a vicious cycle for students
Research shows that college students who have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are likely to drink more alcohol than peers without the psychological condition. In turn, heavy alcohol consumption exacerbates their PTSD symptoms over time, prolonging a vicious cycle.

“We show that alcohol use and associated problems are linked over time to an exacerbation in PTSD symptoms, and that PTSD symptoms show a similar effect on alcohol consumption,” says Jennifer P. Read, PhD, associate professor of psychology at the University at Buffalo and principal investigator on the study. “Both PTSD and heavy drinking are risk factors for one another, each with implications for the other over the course of college.”

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