-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, July 29 (HealthDay News) -- Teenage girls who develop
post-traumatic stress disorder after being sexually assaulted
aren't at increased risk for binge drinking, new research
In the study, researchers analyzed data collected from 1,808
American girls, aged 12 to 17, who took part in a national
telephone survey and were interviewed up to three times between
2005 and 2009.
During that time, 270 of the girls (15 percent) reported sexual
victimization. These girls reported more post-traumatic stress
disorder symptoms than other girls, but did not have more
incidences of binge drinking, according to lead author Kate Walsh,
a clinical intern at Medical University of South Carolina in
Charleston, and colleagues.
But, the investigators found that binge drinking may increase
the risk of sexual victimization among certain teenage girls,
according to the study published in the July 19 online edition of
Journal of Adolescent Health.
Currently, there is no way to determine who will develop a
drinking problem after a traumatic event such as a sexual assault,
said Jennifer Livingston, a research scientist at the University of
Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions, who was not involved in
However, Livingston pointed out in a news release from the
Center for Advancing Health, there is strong evidence that binge
drinking increases the risk of being a victim of sexual
"Binge drinking contributes to sexual vulnerability among adolescent girls in two ways: through incapacitation, whereby girls are taken advantage of sexually, and by occurring in illicit settings, such as sneaking out to a party, where girls don't seek help because they are afraid of getting in trouble," Livingston explained.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
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