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Does Brain Size Predict Drinking Behaviors, or Do Drinking Behaviors Impact Brain Size?

Alcohol use research previously suggested that drinking behaviors were associated with reductions in brain volume, therefore proposing that drinking itself shrinks the brain. However, new research found that the opposite may be true: smaller brain size may create a genetic tendency for increased alcohol consumption. The Research Researchers utilized data from multiple studies to confirm…

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Does Cohabitation Influence Drinking Habits Among Partners?

A recent study on The Influence of Alcohol Consumption Among Partners in Newly Cohabiting Relationships hoped to reveal if a cohabiting partner’s alcohol consumption habits influence their partner’s consumption habits and vice versa. The Study The researchers analyzed survey data from over 1,400 heterosexual couples living together between 2001 and 2016. Findings suggest that living…

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Second-Hand Drinking: The Risks and Dangers Teens Face When Drinking

Second-hand drinking describes the negative impacts of an individual’s drinking on others. Drinking alcohol has an effect on the brain, therefore, influencing behavior. Negative behaviors or behavior patterns that occur as a result of drinking can be harmful to others, causing emotional and/or physical trauma. An example of second-hand drinking includes sexual harassment and/or assault.…

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Does Depression Cause Drinking, or Does Drinking Cause Depression?

An eight-year study on the correlation between depression and drinking among adolescents indicates that depression often leads to drinking. Consequently, data demonstrated increased alcohol consumption in relation to short-term increases in depressive symptoms. Research shows that self-awareness and mindfulness may be the best way to deal with depressive emotions, thereby decreasing, and even eliminating, the…

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The Relationship Between Distress Tolerance and Alcohol Use: How Dealing with Negative Emotional States May Lead to Alcohol Use Disorder

Distress tolerance is one’s real or perceived ability to withstand emotional distress or negative emotional states. Having low distress tolerance, or an inability to deal with negative emotional states is a risk factor associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Certain professions that deal with traumatic events daily require the development of distress tolerance. For example,…