A study conducted by a team of researchers from University of Houston discovered that there is a link between a higher susceptibility for becoming an alcoholic and jealousy. However, researchers want to emphasize that jealousy typically stems from being enraptured in a bad relationship where a person’s value or self-esteem depends on their partner. These three factors can be attributed to the development of alcoholism.
In the study, researchers collected data from a sample of 300 people, the majority of which were women. The research participants were instructed to fill out questionnaires which were designed to measure their satisfaction or lack thereof in their romantic relationship, their self-esteem levels while in their relationship, alcohol use, and jealousy.
According to the study’s results, researchers discovered many of the participants turned their attention to alcohol as a means to deal with their feelings of jealousy. However, it tends to be more noticeable in those who admitted to being in a low-quality relationship.
Researchers further explained that when a person is apart of a bad relationship, negative emotions begin to take over which results in the person having an increased motivation to use alcohol until he or she feels they have coped with their feelings of jealousy, according to Youth Health Magazine.
Researchers are hopeful that based on the results from the study, experts will provide more significance on the effects of bad relationships and low self-esteem, especially on the tendency of a person becoming dependent on alcohol.
According to Youth Health Magazine, alcoholism is still the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States, at least 80,00 people die annually as a result of excessive alcohol use. Alcohol heightens many risk factors such as car accidents and fatty liver disease, which often develops into cirrhosis or cancer if not treated properly.
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