How Dating Violence Can Lead to Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Several studies show a direct correlation between experiencing dating violence and an increased likelihood of alcohol and drug use. Teenage girls who experience dating violence are more likely to binge drink compared to their peers who are not in abusive relationships, while teen boys who experience dating violence are more likely to use marijuana as young adults compared to their peers, according to a study in Pediatrics. New research draws a clear connection between dating violence in young people and prescription drug abuse. And those who experience physical dating violence are more likely to smoke and use drugs, among other risky behaviors, compared to peers who did not experience abuse.

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