So I was doing a little digging into links between childhood abuse and alcohol abuse and found this article from a study conducted on the link between childhood abuse and alcohol abuse on the NIH website.
Of particular note from the article ->
Especially noteworthy was the high prevalence of emotional abuse (as a child): alcohol dependent subjects were more than 10 times as likely to have experienced emotional abuse than non-dependent subjects…
Wow. Just wow.
I don’t feel that I am alcohol dependent since I suffered very few ill effects when I quit drinking, but I was definitely headed in that direction prior to quitting.
I found several other articles that all say essentially the same thing: Children who suffered severe emotional abuse have a very high propensity for adult alcoholism. The data would indicate that emotional abuse has the highest correlation to alcoholism, even above physical abuse and sexual abuse.
Incredible. I guess I get the alcohol piece honest.