| Latest Health News | Monday October 22 2012 13:26
New University of Canterbury research has found some of those affected by the Christchurch earthquake are turning to the bottle.
Researcher Amy Rowlands has compared depression symptoms in two demographically matched communities differentially affected by the earthquakes.
The survey has found many of those in the more physically affected community are suffering acute stress, anxiety and depression.
Ms Rowlands says in addition, a finding of increased alcohol consumption is important because it's a common characteristic of depression following disaster.
She says supportive interventions may prove helpful for psychological adjustment, following the ongoing stressors and quakes.
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