Stress Leads People with Family History of Alcoholism to Drink

People with a family history of alcoholism are more likely to drink when they feel under stress, a new study suggests.

The study included 58 adults. They were divided into groups based on whether or not they had a family history of alcoholism, according to HealthDay. Both groups solved math problems under time constraints in a public place—considered a stressful situation—and then were allowed to drink. Study participants with at least one parent who had a history of alcoholism drank more than those without a similar family history.

“If alcohol relaxes you when you’re stressed, then you should try to find other ways of calming yourself down — relaxation exercises, for example,” study author Anna Soderpalm Gordh of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden said in a news release.

The study appears in the journal Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior.

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    Jim Russell

    October 7, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    It looks to me like more of the same; ivory tower trivia to justify the alcohol and/or drug industrial complex – particularly the academia industry.
    As a student, teacher and practitioner of organizational theory, I’m always intrigued with the similarities/dissimilarities between a nonprofit organization like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and public bureaucracies like the Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration (SAMHSA). To begin with, the nonprofit has been very successful. Other than creating jobs and organizations (for the prevention, research, treatment and hanger-on industries) the bureaucracies really haven’t done much in reducing a cancer that is eating away at the economic and social fiber of our society.
    The answer is actually quite simple; one has stuck with its founding vision (recovery) while the other is a typical bureaucracy absorbed with its own fears and insecurities. I like what Nez Perce Chief Joseph said: “We do not want churches because they will teach us to quarrel about God, as the Catholics and Protestants do. We do not want to learn that. We may quarrel with men sometimes about things on this earth. But we never quarrel about God. We do not want to learn that.”
    Bottom line: I would much rather see taxpayer money doing something about the problem instead of generating more spin (talk-the-talk) about the problem. I guess those flaunted bureaucratic experts just haven’t figured it out yet.
    Jim Russell

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