Dr. Drew has published a new article on the connections between substance use and violence. Here's an excerpt:
Substance abuse and violence often go hand in hand. Drugs and alcohol can both trigger aggression and escalate/increase its severity, so when they intersect in intimate relationships the results can be devastating for everyone involved. One recent study showed that 92% of assailants who perpetrated intimate partner violence were drug and alcohol users. When substance abuse features in an intimate relationship, it often precipitates or exacerbates violence, and this is bad news for women, who make up 85% of intimate partner violence victims. In many cases, both the batterer and the victim are abusing drugs, alcohol (or both) and sometimes victims even initiate substance use in order to cope with their situations. Read the full article here.