Drug and Alcohol Abuse

By: Afifi, Tracie O., Cox, Brian J., and Murray W. Enns.

Using data on mothers from the US National Comorbidity Survey, these researchers find that the proportion of married mothers struggling with alcohol abuse is 29% lower than for separated or divorced mothers; the proportion of married mothers struggling with drug abuse is 33% lower than for separated or divorced mothers.

Mental health profiles among married, never-married, and separated/divorced mothers in a nationally representative sample. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 41 (2): 122-9.