Bullying and sexual abuse leads to alcoholism, says study

The study also suggests that people who have faced such abuses are thrice more likely to develop the over eating syndrome as compared to normal people.

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 14 Jan 2019 7:23 AM GMT

Bullying and sexual abuse leads to alcoholism, says study
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Lucknow: Those who have suffered bullying or have been a victim of sexual abuse are more likely to fall prey to alcohol and smoking as per a study.

Such people are prone to a lower way of life and may face similar ailments like the patients of heart disease, diabetes, depression or anxiety.

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The study also suggests that people who have faced such abuses are thrice more likely to develop the over eating syndrome as compared to normal people.

They also become more inclined towards smoking and alcohol. Consumption of anti depressants and sleeping pills also soar high in such people.

The doctors who conducted the study said that if a doctor comes across a patient who is suffering with binge eating and alcoholism, then he should find out if that person has ever been a victim of bullying and physical abuse.

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Doctors said that identifying such patients may reduce the chances of grave consequences like depression and suicide. Spotting such survivors will enable tackling their fears and insecurities and proper counselling will make them lead a healthy life.

The study that was conducted on young people suggested that more than half of the population engaged in alcoholism and smoking has been a victim of sexual abuse at some point of life.

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