Trauma Memory and Alcohol Abuse

Drinking to Forget?
  • Sherry H. Stewart
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 291)


This chapter serves as a theoretical overview of the relationship between trauma memory and alcohol abuse. The chapter commences with a description of the cognitive symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), followed by a review of the literature on the co-morbidity of PTSD and alcohol abuse/dependence. The bulk of the chapter involves a discussion of mechanisms that may account for the high co-morbidity of PTSD and alcohol disorders, with particular focus on those mechanisms involving memory. Some recommendations for future research and clinical practice are also made.


Alcohol Abuse Traumatic Event Ptsd Symptom Attentional Bias Anxiety Sensitivity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sherry H. Stewart
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  1. 1.Dalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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