Alcoholism is caused by many different factors:
- Genetic inheritance from parents
- Drinking as a teen-ager
- Mental health disorders
- Physical, sexual or emotional abuse as a child
A new study shows this last reason to be a very important risk factor. Alcoholic women were more physically and sexually abused than men. The study also showed that sexual and emotional abuse led to anxiety and depression. Suicide rates were also higher.
The study concluded that understanding childhood trauma was important in treating alcoholism.