ACE scores show a direct link between childhood trauma and the adult onset of chronic disease.

The “tipping point” is an ACE score of 4 (or more), at which point your risks jump to higher levels, such as:

  • 2x as likely to be a smoker
  • 3.9x as likely for Chronic Lung Diseases (bronchitis, emphysema, etc.)
  • 4x as likely to be depressed
  • 7x as likely to be an alcoholic
  • 10x as likely to abuse drugs
  • 12x as likely to commit suicide

Having an ACE score of 6 or more can result in one’s lifespan being shortened by 20 years

Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation