Thursday, May 14, 2009

Terror attacks linked to more drinking, smoking, drug use

A review of 31 studies into the aftermath of terrorist incidents by researchers at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the University of Michigan has found that nearly one in twelve people exposed to terrorism report increased use/misuse of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. The review looked at studies carried out after the September 11 attacks, the Oklahoma bombings and the Palestinian intifada. After adjusting for the type of terrorist attack, the type of people surveyed and the length of time after the incident the study was carried out the researchers found 7.3% of people drank more after being exposed to terrorism. The study also found similar rates of increase for drug and cigarette use.

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