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Study: The Closer the Bar, the More People Drink

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

open signThe closer you live to a bar, the more likely you are to overindulge on alcohol, a new study says. The study from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health followed the drinking habits of 55,000 Finnish adults for seven years. The study found that a person’s odds of becoming a heavy drinker rose 17 percent when the person moved 0.6 mile closer to a bar. The study found that among people who were an average of 400 feet from the nearest bar, 9 percent were heavy drinkers. Of the people 1.5 miles away, 7.5 percent were heavy drinkers.

It’s possible that drinkers simply choose to live near bears; however, the research observed the same effect on people who merely stayed in one place and had bars move closer to their neighborhood. Researcher Jaana Halonen said the results of the study may not apply in the exact same way to other countries: “On the other hand, it is unlikely that easy access to a bar would affect drinking only among Finnish employees.”

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Source: Reuters The nearer the bar, the greater the chances of risky drinking: study

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