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Why do people drink alcohol?

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Drinking alcohol is a social activity -- most people drink with friends. Because alcohol makes people feel less inhibited, they feel more at ease socializing when they drink. People also drink just because other people are drinking. For many people, it feels good to be doing what everybody else is doing. But drinking just because everybody else is drinking can lead to problems, especially if people are drinking too much.

On the other hand, many people enjoy the taste of alcoholic beverages. When drink in small to moderate amounts as an adult, especially with meals, alcohol may be good for your heart.

From: Teens and Alcohol WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Collegedrinkingprevention.gov: "College Drinking: Changing the Culture."

CDC: "Fact Sheets - Underage Drinking."

 

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on April 18, 2019

SOURCES: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Collegedrinkingprevention.gov: "College Drinking: Changing the Culture."

CDC: "Fact Sheets - Underage Drinking."

 

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on April 18, 2019

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