Alcohol and domestic abuse
The link between alcohol and domestic abuse is complex. Although most people who drink alcohol are never violent, research suggests that drinking heavily can contribute to aggressive behaviour. In 2017, data from the National Crime Survey revealed that up to 40% of victims of violence believed the perpetrator to be under the influence of alcohol.
Reports of domestic abuse tend to increase over the festive period. Many people who have experienced domestic abuse may also use alcohol to help them cope. Whatever your situation, no-one should experience abuse. If you’re experiencing domestic abuse or are worried about someone else, contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline for women on 0808 2000 247.
Men who are experiencing domestic abuse and need support can contact:
 National Crime Survey, ONS, September 2017