Booze contributes to a higher probability for intimate partner violence than weed does. At least that's the consensus of a recent study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, which finds that men under the influence of alcohol are more likely to inflict bodily harm on their partners than those using marijuana.
A research team from the University of Tennessee and Florida State University set out last year to find the correlations, if any, between the use of alcohol and marijuana and the potential for physical, psychological, and sexual violence against companions.
Researchers asked over a hundred male participants of at least 18-years-of-age to record their use of alcohol or marijuana in a daily diary -- logging the specific substance they consumed during any times of aggressive behavior.
What they found was men that engaged in “heavy alcohol use,” which was defined as the consumption of five or more drinks per day, displayed an increased potential for aggressive physical and sexual violence. However, the use of marijuana did not increase the odds for belligerence, according to researchers.
The study concluded, “Our findings were consistent with theoretical models of alcohol use and intimate partner violence and previous research, in that the odds of psychological, physical, and sexual aggression were all increased subsequent to alcohol use. Specifically, heavy drinking days increased the odds of all three types of intimate partner violence; any alcohol use and the number of drinks consumed increased the odds of physical and sexual intimate partner violence; marijuana was unrelated to intimate partner violence.”
Researchers say their findings support previous studies that suggest that alcohol contributes to an increase in dating violence.
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