UK Researchers Say It’s Pre-Bar Warm Up Drinking That Gets Us in Trouble

People who drink more alcohol get drunker. And the drunker people get – the more problems they tend to experience.

That’s what Liverpool University researchers found anyway, after studying a group of young people in Northwest England, and evaluating what factors seemed to influence problematic behaviors.
 
Groundbreaking social science research…
 
OK, actually, although their root conclusions are pretty banal, the study was important in that it helped to reveal the influence on binge drinking of an often overlooked phenomenon – the warm up.
 

Warming Up

Warming up (the act of drinking at someone’s home prior to hitting the clubs – often to save money) tends to get people into trouble.

The researchers found that people who warmed up prior to a night on the town were 250% more likely to have been in a drunken fight in the last year and 400% more likely to consume more than 20 units of alcohol on a regular evening out.
 
Warmer uppers were also more likely to experience sexual assault, pass out and lose the ability to walk through extreme drunkenness.
 
Research now shows that drinking before going out drinking is not necessarily a good idea! The researchers say that when governments look at curbing alcohol related problems, they may want to target "pre-drinking" behavior, as an effective way to reduce the societal harms of binge drinking.
 
And if YOU are going out this weekend, and aren’t looking to get into a fight or get "legless" – skip the warm-up and (feels very odd to be writing this) head straight to the bar.
 
Read the study in the January 2008 edition of the journal Addiction

 

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People who drink more alcohol get drunker. And the drunker people get – the more problems they tend to experience.

That’s what Liverpool University researchers found anyway, after studying a group of young people in Northwest England, and evaluating what factors seemed to influence problematic behaviors.
 
Groundbreaking social science research…
 
OK, actually, although their root conclusions are pretty banal, the study was important in that it helped to reveal the influence on binge drinking of an often overlooked phenomenon – the warm up.
 

Warming Up

Warming up (the act of drinking at someone’s home prior to hitting the clubs – often to save money) tends to get people into trouble.

The researchers found that people who warmed up prior to a night on the town were 250% more likely to have been in a drunken fight in the last year and 400% more likely to consume more than 20 units of alcohol on a regular evening out.
 
Warmer uppers were also more likely to experience sexual assault, pass out and lose the ability to walk through extreme drunkenness.
 
Research now shows that drinking before going out drinking is not necessarily a good idea! The researchers say that when governments look at curbing alcohol related problems, they may want to target "pre-drinking" behavior, as an effective way to reduce the societal harms of binge drinking.
 
And if YOU are going out this weekend, and aren’t looking to get into a fight or get "legless" – skip the warm-up and (feels very odd to be writing this) head straight to the bar.
 
Read the study in the January 2008 edition of the journal Addiction

 

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