Alcohol + Teen Dating Violence

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol plays a large role in abusive relationships among teenagers. In fact, more than 60 percent of sexual assaults involve alcohol—and one in four teenagers will experience sexual or nonsexual abuse by the time they finish college or turn 21.

If your daughter is the victim of dating violence, she may:

  • Develop an eating disorder
  • Begin using drugs or alcohol
  • Have trouble sleeping or experience stress-related physical illnesses
  • Be depressed, have suicidal tendencies
  • Quit hanging out with her friends and become isolated
  • Not be able to concentrate and gets lower grades in school

Important Facts:

  • Teen girls who experience dating violence are more likely to binge drink
  • Teen boys who report dating violence are more likely to use marijuana
  • Teens who experience dating violence are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors as adults. Teen girls are more likely to smoke, have suicidal thoughts and have symptoms of depression. Teen boys are more likely to be antisocial, use marijuana and have suicidal thoughts
  • Teens who are in physically abusive relationships are 2-3 times more likely to be in a violent relationship between the ages of 18 and 25

Pediatrics, The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Longitudinal Relations Between Teen Dating Violence Victimization and Adverse Health Conditions, Deinera Exner-Cortens, MPHa, John Eckenrode, PhDa, and Emily Rothman, ScDb