Remembering 9/11: 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About 9/11

Many Used Substances To Cope Afterwards

3. Many Used Substances To Cope Afterwards

Immediately after the attacks, there was a spike in the demand for substances. A 2007 study of New Yorkers shows that their alcohol consumption increased to 24.6%, their cigarette use rose to 9.7%, and marijuana use went up to 3.2%.

At the same time, symptoms of depression and PTSD in those affected by the attacks practically doubled compared to the national baseline at the time. Everyone copes differently, especially with tragedies like 9/11 that don’t really end even when the flames die out.

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