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Emily Williams Examines Smoking and Alcohol Use Among U.S. Service Members Who Have Experienced Sexual Trauma

Posted: 9/26/2017 (CSDE Research)

In a recent article, affiliate Emily Williams–Associate Professor of Health Services–and colleagues examine smoking and alcohol use patterns among military members to determine whether experiences of sexual assault or harassment pose an increased risk for these behaviors. In the article, which was published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, the authors find that individuals have unique responses to experiences of sexual trauma in the military depending on their gender and history of smoking or alcohol use. While women in the study with previous unhealthy alcohol use who experienced sexual assault were almost twice as likely to relapse into these behaviors, men who were former smokers were six times as likely to resume smoking. The full article is available below.

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