Document Type



Medicine and Health Sciences


Despite the high prevalence of alcohol problems and disorders among women who experience intimate partner violence (IPV), factors related to current alcohol use are understudied. We examined current risk factors for alcohol problems among 143 substance-using, IPV-exposed women recruited from an urban community from 2007-2010. PTSD symptom severity was associated with alcohol-related problems and a positive alcohol screen; physical IPV severity was related to alcohol dependence. Posthoc analyses revealed that PTSD symptom severity mediated relationships between physical IPV severity and hazardous, harmful, and dependent drinking. Focusing on managing PTSD symptoms and physical IPV in community-based interventions may halt the progression from alcohol use to dependence.


Subst Use Misuse. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2013 April 4.

Published in final edited form as: Subst Use Misuse. 2012 May; 47(6): 673–685.

Published online 2012 February 23. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2012.658132

PMCID: PMC3616386