Abortion linked to drugs, alcohol abuse

Another harm associated with drug addiction:

Young women who have abortions are more likely to drink heavily and abuse hard drugs, an Australian study has found.

The study tracked 1,122 young women who were born at the Mater hospital in the early 1980s, finding that 21 years on, about one-third had an abortion.

Those who had an abortion were three times more likely to also abuse hard drugs, like heroin, methamphetamines and glue, than the women who had either had no pregnancy or those who had a child.

They were also twice as likely to be a binge drinker or an alcoholic, and 1.5 times more likely to suffer depression, delegates at the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) conference in Melbourne were told.