Childhood Sexual Abuse, Age of First Drink, and Onset of Alcohol Dependence

An interesting, but not very surprising finding from BASIS. Research in this area seems to consistently challenge common assumptions about childhood sexual abuse and addiction:

Contrary to expectation, CSA did not predict time to AD after adjusting for age at first drink. Drinking at an early age predicted a more rapid pace for AD development; however, both twins having AD was the best predictor of rapid onset of AD after their first drink, suggesting genetics and environment are greater risk factors for this effect than CSA. Future research could examine an early intervention’s effectiveness for reducing rates of later AD among early adolescents reporting CSA history.