ACUTE ALCOHOL USE AND SUICIDE ATTEMPTS
A study by Bagge and colleagues (2013) in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs examined the extent to which acute alcohol use is a unique risk factor for suicide attempts.
Individuals were at increased odds of attempting suicide soon after drinking, and higher alcohol levels posed greater risk for suicide attempts than lower levels.
Researchers concluded that it is important to consider acute alcohol use when assessing short-term risk for suicide attempts.
We recommend targeting the interrelationships among multiple risk behaviors to broaden and strengthen prevention and intervention outcomes. For example, addressing the importance of avoiding alcohol consumption, particularly heavy use, among clients who are depressed or exhibiting other indicators of increased risk for suicide could improve the effectiveness of your addiction and behavioral health services.