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The connection between alcohol use, PTSD symptoms, risk taking, and impulsivity

There is a link between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol use in veterans who experienced combat. Researchers found that both more risk taking and impulsivity were associated with increased alcohol use, number of drinks, and days of binge drinking in the past month. However, they found that neither impulsivity nor risk taking moderated the positive relationship between PTSD symptoms and alcohol use.

The paper, “Examination of the effects of impulsivity and risk-taking propensity on alcohol use in OEF/OIF/OND Veterans” was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. It was published in the Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health.

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