Suicide and Substance Abuse - Research Article from Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco

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Substance Abuse and Increased Suicide Risk

Suicides are not random. Each one occurs for particular reasons, such as depression or abuse of alcohol or drugs. Studying such high-risk groups is an important way to prevent suicides.

Researchers studying suicide try to discover what factors in a person's life contributed to his or her suicide. They interview the suicide victim's relatives, friends, and others and study the victim's medical records. They also consider suicide notes and coroner reports. Researchers then compare cases of completed suicide, cases of attempts at suicide, and cases of substance abusers who have never attempted suicide. The differences among these groups may help experts to identify those at particular risk of attempted or completed suicide.

Studies have shown that young adults who drink heavily have an increased risk of suicide in middle adulthood. People who are dependent on alcohol or drugs have an...

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