Ovulation and menstruation trigger heavy drinking in psychiatric outpatients

People with psychiatric vulnerabilities that increase their risk of misusing alcohol appear more likely to drink heavily around the time of ovulation, especially on weekends, a new study suggests. The days around menstruation similarly carry a raised risk of heavy drinking—in this context, driven by attempts to cope with negative emotions that sometimes arise at that time. The findings come from the largest study so far to follow a clinical sample over time, exploring how the menstrual cycle influences drinking.

This article was originally published on MedicalXpress.com

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