Moreover, the cycle of drug abuse can cause conflict, leading a dating partner to use more to reduce stress or tension, which in turn leads to more conflict.
A partner using abusive behaviors might blame drugs or alcohol for their actions.
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that two-thirds of victims of spousal violence report that the perpetrator had been drinking.
In a global study of intimate partner violence, the odds were higher worldwide in relationships where one or both partners had problems with alcohol, compared to relationships where neither of them did.
Methods: Using a cross sectional descriptive study, a questionnaire containing a semi structured socio-demographic data schedule, the conflict tactic scale and the AUDIT/DUDITwas administered to respondents who fulfilled the study inclusion criteria and gave written consent. The prevalence of DV in the previous twelve months was 34%, the prevalence of alcohol use among the respondents was 32% and the prevalence of use of other psychoactive substances (including cannabis, opioids and analgesics) was 20%.
Ten percent of the respondents scored above the threshold for hazardous use of alcohol on the AUDIT scale while 13% scored above the threshold for hazardous use of other substances on the DUDIT scale.
The warning signs of teen violence and teen drug use do not overlap as much as the risk factors do.
DV is not limited to a specific demographic, it is a significant problem not only because of its alarming prevalence and physical and mental health consequences (Callahan, Tolman, & Saunders, 2003), but also because it occurs at a life stage when interactional patterns are learned that may carry over into adulthood.Treatment for teen violence and teen substance abuse also differ, but the same medical and professional personnel may be involved.A doctor can help a teen overcome substance abuse and treat underlying medical disorders, while a therapist can help the teen avoid relapsing into drug use and deal with emotional issues that are prompting his or her violent behavior.Several studies show a direct correlation between experiencing dating violence and an increased likelihood of alcohol and drug use.Teenage girls who experience dating violence are more likely to binge drink compared to their peers who are not in abusive relationships, while teen boys who experience dating violence are more likely to use marijuana as young adults compared to their peers, according to a study in Pediatrics.Conclusions: These findings have significant implications for prevention efforts concerning DV and psychoactive substance use in Nigeria.Studies have consistently shown the associations between psychoactive substance use/misuse and violence in intimate relationships and it is no different in the Nigerian environment thus prevention efforts should also focus on reducing the prevalence of psychoactive substance use disorders in this context for overall effectiveness of other prevention strategies.Drinking, drugs, and violence are all closely related.Teens who use drugs or alcohol or are violent may need special intervention to stop their risky behaviors.Also, many of the physically abusive incidents occur in the absence of alcohol use.According to the Women's Rural Advocacy Program, no evidence supports a cause-and-effect relationship between the two problems.