There is a symbiosis which exists between alcohol and aggression. Anger can lead a person to drink and, conversely, drinking often leads to anger. Of course, not every person who drinks becomes more aggressive, but the fact that alcohol is linked to 50 percent of the violent crime in this country reveals this cause-and-effect relationship is a reality for many who drink. Why does alcohol produce increased aggression in some people? Here are a few explanations.
College-age teenagers with sexual assault victimization histories appear to be at unusually high risk for developing drinking problems. In a study published in December 2013 in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, researchers from the State University of New York at Buffalo explored the connection between sexual assault and problem drinking in incoming college freshmen. These researchers found that freshmen with a recent history of assault victimization, in particular, have heightened risks for serious alcohol-related issues.
Spring break is coming soon, and along with it the reports of bad behavior among unrestrained college kids. Unfortunately, spring break plus kids plus alcohol often equals far more than harmless misbehavior.
Alcohol consumption is often linked to inciting aggressive or violent behavior. Two studies show that young men and women who drink heavily are more likely to harm their romantic partner. Marijuana, meanwhile, was shown to be unrelated to physical violence.
The first month or two at college can set the tone for a student’s success or lay the path to disaster. Freshmen who believe that fitting in at college equals heavy drinking often have their college career get off to a very bumpy start.
Alcohol consumption on university campuses is a long-standing but growing concern around the country. Negative behaviors associated with over-consumption of alcohol have become a focus for school policymakers.
Fall term is well underway on college campuses all across the country. Incoming freshmen and returning college students are once again away from home, charged with the duty of cramming their still-developing minds with learning. Along with tremendous educational opportunities, students are also faced with some serious decisions about how to spend their independence from home. For many college students a return to school means more opportunities to get together with friends and drink large amounts of alcohol.
Sexual assault is a significant issue on college and university campuses nationwide, and unfortunately one that does not get the attention it deserves. While the popular perception of academic institutions is often of “ivory towers” where young adults are sheltered from the harsher realities, research shows that college women are actually at greater risk for sexual assault and rape in the United States than women their age overall, and in the population in general.
While drinking is not the root cause of domestic violence, it does factor frequently in the cases of women and men who are abused by someone in their home. The National Coalition against Domestic Violence (NCADV) states that one in four women will be involved in domestic violence at one point in their lifetime. Nearly one-quarter to half of all the cases of domestic violence are initiated after someone has used alcohol or drugs.
Among the dangers and risks associated with binge drinking, says a recent article, is a connection to a higher likelihood of sexual assault. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Buffalo, is one of only a few to examine the ways young adult women change their attitudes toward alcohol at college and if these changes are related to a higher possibility of being involved in a sexual assault.