Social Stigma More Important To Middle-Aged Drinkers Than Health Risks


Researchers say people between 30 and 65 are more concerned with their behavior than they are with their long-term health.

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If you were drinking too much, what would you be concerned about?

It might seem that health risks would be viewed as the biggest issue. However, a recent study of middle-age drinkers found that overall, they’re far more concerned about social stigma than potential health problems.

Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia looked at a dozen previous studies to get a glimpse into the mindset of drinkers between the ages of 30 and 65.

They noted this group voiced concerns about how they may be negatively perceived while drinking.

“Concerns about health and healthy behavior, however, were either minor or non-existent,” the study authors wrote.

They also noted that, by and large, middle-age drinkers use their behavior, rather than their health, as the…click here to continue reading