A new study suggests that intense jealousy may trigger drinking problems.
Jealousy has been identified as a new trigger of drinking problems.
According to a new study, those who depend on their relationships for self-esteem are more likely to turn to alcohol if they became jealous.
The aim of the study, involving 277 American university students who were asked about their romantic relationships and drinking habits, was to help identify people at risk for alcoholism.
In a journal news release, study author Angelo DiBello said:
"We all experience feelings of jealousy to some degree; many people are in relationships that are less than ideal, and use alcohol for different reasons. Romantic jealousy is a shared human experience, but very little work has looked at how it is related to alcohol use, misuse and associated problems.
This research helps to highlight the associations between these factors and show how our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are related in potentially harmful ways. Ultimately, I hope to use findings like these to support the development of prevention and intervention efforts among individuals who may struggle with alcohol, self-esteem and relationship issues."
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