Heavy social drinkers who account greater stimulation and reward from alcohol are further prone to develop alcohol use disorder eventually, report researchers from the University of Chicago, in the journal Biological Psychiatry. The results run counter to presented theory that inherent tolerance to alcohol drives alcoholism.
"Heavy drinkers who experience alcohol's stimulant and pleasurable effects at the peak levels in their 20s were the ones with the riskiest drinking profiles in the future and most probably to go on and have alcohol problems in their 30s.”In comparison, participants reporting less positive effects of alcohol were more likely to mature out of binge drinking as they aged."
The early evaluation when the participants were in their 20s disclose that the heavy drinkers demonstrated a strongly positive preference to alcohol, reporting greater stimulating effects, 'liking', and 'wanting more', with lower sedative and cortisol effects. Participants were then assessed in normal follow-ups to examine their drinking behaviors and symptoms of addiction over time.
"Those who drink heavily might want to pay more attention to their response to alcohol for important warning signs,”. "If you have sensitivity to the positive effects of alcohol, it might be better to moderate your use earlier than later."
Source: Science Life