A detailed data on Intimate Partner Violence revealed that greater alcohol availability could increase drinking, which would lead to increase in intimate partner violence (IPV), said Christy McKinney, faculty associate at the University of Texas School of Public Health, Dallas Regional Campus as well as corresponding author for the study.
"We found that as alcohol availability increases, the more likely it is that couples will experience MFPV," McKinney said.
"This finding is particularly important to alcohol researchers because it begins to indicate that some important social mechanisms underlie the roles that alcohol outlets play in community problems, drinking is clearly a risk factor for IPV. But it also appears that the use of on-premise drinking places for drinking may be an added risk. Neighborhoods with many alcohol outlets seem likely to have more problems related to drinking, including several different forms of alcohol-related violence," the author said.
"We also found that the relationship between alcohol availability and MFPV was stronger for couples who had alcohol-related problems than for couples with no such problems," McKinney added.
The study will be published in the January issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.