Adults at higher risk of suicide attempt if parent abused alcohol, research findings

People who grew up with a parent who abused alcohol may be 85 percent more likely to attempt suicide than people whose parents did not abuse alcohol, according to research. Furthermore, having divorced parents increased by 14 percent the risk that a person would try to take his or her own life when compared to people whose parents did not divorce, the study found. But putting those two factors together — parents who abuse alcohol and are divorced — did not increase suicide attempts, according to the study.