Living near a bar increases the risk of alcohol addiction

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A randomized study on nearly 55,000 adults in Finland for seven years, showed that people who live near a bar are more likely to drink a lot of alcohol. The is a result of a study which appeared in the Addiction journalĀ  November edition.

The researchers also found that people living one kilometer from a bar are likely to drink more alcohol by 17 percent, while those who live 12 kilometers from a bar are 9 percent more at risk of becoming a heavy drinker. For those who live some distance, 14.4 kilometers from a bar are 7.5 percent more likely to become alcoholics.

In this study, people who were classified as heavy drinkers has the habit of drinking 295 ml of alcohol a week for men and about 207 ml per week for women. In addition to observing environmental factors and income levels, the researchers also noted that the storefront bar serves as a bar that attracts many people to come.

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