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HHS HealthBeat (June 10, 2014)

Binge drinking and future alcoholism

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Young adults who binge drink are more prone to be addicted to alcohol when they get older. And a study indicates young adults who report greater enjoyment from alcohol may increase their risk of alcoholism.

At the University of Chicago, researcher Andrea King looked into how 104 young adult heavy drinkers responded to alcohol, and tracked their long-term drinking habits. She says those who felt more stimulation and pleasure after drinking were more likely to develop future alcohol-use problems.

“I would certainly advise young adults who do drink heavily to consider making a change as   early as possible. This would reduce their odds of becoming an alcoholic as they age.”

The study in the journal Biological Psychiatry was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: June 10, 2014