3 thoughts on “Most heavy drinkers are not alcoholics

  • November 24, 2014 at 3:28 am
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    I have to agree. Although I choose not to drink. The majority of my friends drink occasionally and they tend to drink a lot. They usually do when they are with their friends and especially when they are stressed from the load of school work.

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  • November 25, 2014 at 12:41 am
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    I find this to be common knowledge but I’m glad it’s been backed up by science. I know a lot of college students on the verge of being or are heavy drinkers but are not alcoholics. There could be a social factor that emphasizes heavy drinking – such as college parties and/or other social functions. My question is – with the growing rate of drinking between cohorts, should the drinking standard become higher or should we still consider 1-2 drinks “enough” for a night or a weekend?

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  • November 27, 2014 at 12:31 am
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    I definitely think heavy drinking has a strong environmental component. Especially among college students, I think peer pressure and work-related stress are significant contributors. I wonder if the genetic influences among alcoholism and heavy drinking overlap though, even if most heavy drinkers are not addicted.

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