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Attitudes, more than alcohol use, predict sexual assault

Attitudes, more than alcohol use, predict sexual assault

When stories break of alleged sexual assaults, like those seen during the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, people have difficulty trusting firsthand accounts when they hear alcohol was involved. In the discomfort of uncertainty, they are quick to say, “Well, if they hadn’t been drinking, none of this would have happened.”

There is a problem with this reaction.

True, alcohol lowers inhibition, increases aggression, incapacitates both victims and bystanders, and alters the way people interpret others’ words and actions, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)...

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