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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Binge Drinking and Relationships

In many cases one’s greatest influence is their romantic partner. We often think of personal relationships as being our greatest source of support and understanding; however, a new study has shown that drug and alcohol use is often directly related to one’s partner - especially when it came to binge drinking.

Researchers studied 208 non-married, heterosexual dating couples in their early 20's; each couple had to be dating for at least 3 months, have face-to-face contact at least 5 days a week, and one member of each dating couple had to be a university/college student.

On an average, the couples in the study were dating for close to 2 years.

Over a 28 day time frame, researchers were able to predict one partner's binge drinking based the other partner's binge drinking.

"In some respect this is a cautionary piece of research. Pick your friends and lovers carefully because they influence you more than you think," Simon Sherry, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S, said.

"We're not so naive as researchers to think students are going to walk away from binge drinking. But our study shows there's a large majority of students who form romantic partnerships where alcohol is a regularly occurring theme," Sherry added.

Binge drinking is extremely dangerous, if your partner is engaging in that style of drinking it is in one’s best interest to not go down that road. Talk to your partner, it is often the case that one’s romantic partner is the first line of defense in stopping such behavior. Most people are unaware how harmful binge drinking is to one’s health which is why so many people lose their life every year to such activity.

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