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Friday, 17 July 2015
Jealousy breeds alcoholism, claims study.
People whose self-esteem is tied to the success
of their romantic relations and who regularly experience feelings of
jealousy are more susceptible to alcoholism, a study has claimed.
Named “The green eyed monster in the bottle” the study, carried out
by researchers at the University of Houston, examined the link between
jealousy, self-esteem and problem drinking.
It found that those who rely on their relationship for self-esteem
were more likely to have a problem with alcohol, drowning their sorrows
if they believe their partner could be cheating.
“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,” said lead author Dr Angelo DiBello, of University of
“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 behaviours are
related in potentially harmful ways.”
Researchers interviewed 277 people as part of the study, 87% of which
were female, about how dependent their self-esteem is on their romantic
relationship, commitment and closeness in their relationship, levels of
jealousy and alcohol use. People who were “less satisfied”, “less
committed”, and reported feeling “more disconnected” from their partners
were more likely to drink heavily, the study found.
Scientists hope that understanding this link could help identify people at risk of alcoholism more quickly.
“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”, added