ABUSERS who consume alcohol have more difficulty empathising with their partners, according to a new study by the University of Valencia.
The psychology and neuroscience team wanted to define a specific profile of men with a history of violence against women in relationships with different alcohol consumption patterns.
And they found that excessive and heavy drinkers have a greater number of problems relating to the feelings of their partners and recognising their facial emotions, than non-alcohol users and non-violent men.
Published in the journal Alcohol, the study aims to find ways to help drinkers stick to treatment available, as well as detecting the likelihood of relapse in violent users who appear in court.
Professors Angel Romero, Marisol Lila and Luis Moya Albiol, together with doctoral candidate Sara Vitoria, studied 100 men split into three groups.
Two of those were made up of men convicted of gender violence, one with high and another with low alcohol consumption. The third group consisted of men with no criminal record.
And the study showed that aggressors with excessive and continued use have a greater mental rigidity, are more likely to be inhibited, have a poor attention capacity and a lower working memory.
A spokesperson said the findings will be vital when a quick decision has to be made about a violent offender in court.
And they claim that the results could help prevent domestic violence, making it easier to detect individuals who are more likely to commit this type of crime.