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The paper, which came out in the May issue of APA’s American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, also revealed that people with divorced parents were 14 percent more likely to take his or her own life.
The researchers looked into the Department of Health and Human Services’ 2001-2002 survey of 43,093 people, 13,753 of which had suffered major depression. Of the latter number, 1,073 attempted suicide.
Of those who attempted suicide, 46 percent said one or both parents abused alcohol while 25 percent had parents who were divorced.
Of the full sample, 21 percent of the respondents had a parent who abused alcohol, 16 percent had divorced parents and 2.4 percent attempted suicide.
The research’s lead author, Dana Alonzo, PhD of Columbia University, said the “findings underscore the need for comprehensive client and family assessments by clinicians to identify people in particular need of early interventions.”
“Individuals whose parents were divorced or abused alcohol might be more vulnerable for suicide than those from intact or nonalcoholic households. Prevention and treatment efforts need to target groups that are accurately identified as at risk,” she added.
Interestingly, those who had parents who were both divorced and were heavy drinkers did not show a higher risk of attempted suicides.
Alonzo and his co-authors said the divorce may have resulted in decreased hostility at home.
“Or, it may be that children with an alcoholic parent are not as surprised when their parents split up because they have already witnessed so much conflict, so it may not lead to as much confusion and resentment as it might in a better-functioning family,” Alonzo said.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 87.6 percent of Americans aged 18 or older said they had drank alcohol at least once in their lifetime. The same 2012 survey showed that 7.1 percent engaged in heavy drinking in the past month.
Around 17 million Americans are believed to have alcohol use disorder, which includes both alcoholism and harmful drinking. This results in 10 percent of American children living with parents who have alcohol problems.
Unfortunately, many people with alcohol abuse issues remain untreated amid the presence of new options.
Healthcare solutions companies like BioCorRx (BICX, http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=BICX) have been putting forward innovations in alcohol addiction treatment such as the use of implanted medication.
Instead of taking naltrexone, which has been proven to block cravings of alcohol, orally, the company offers the medication in pellet form that is implanted under the skin of the patient’s lower abdomen.
The implant allows the patient to curb his cravings for alcohol for at least six months while he undergoes life coaching. According to BioCorRx, anti-addiction medication has been helping patients recover faster and reduce risk of relapse.
Continuous success of new treatments and medication are seen to address the problem of alcoholism in the long term, in addition to reforms made in the government front.