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Nearly 90 percent of alcoholic women were physically or sexually abused as children, according to research just released by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The findings were published in a special supplement to the Journal of Studies on Alcohol.
Researchers looked at 472 women between the ages of 18 and 45. They found significantly higher rates of childhood victimization among female alcoholics than among women in the general population, suggesting that childhood victimization may play a significant role in the development of alcohol problems among women.
Brenda A. Miller, Ph.D., of the Research Institute on Addictions …