A study by VCU researchers finds that resilience reduces the risk considerably for developing alcohol use disorders.
Elizabeth Long, is a 4th year Ph.d. student in Psychiatric, Behavioral and Statistical Genetics. She said studying protective factors rather than just what makes people at risk for something can inform prevention studies.
Resilience, in the context of the study, was defined as the ability to thrive despite adversity.
The study was done in conjunction with Lund University in Sweden.