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Study: People in relationships less likely to engage in risky alcohol behavior

July 30, 2019 - 2:52 pm

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — According to a new study, people in relationships are less likely to engage in risky alcohol behavior. 

They are less likely to drink frequently and they become intoxicated less often. 

In addition to that, they are less likely to suffer from alcohol dependence symptoms. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this study is that people studied were people who were known to have a genetic risk for alcohol use. 

The protective effect of relationships actually extended into this group as well. 

The report is based on information that comes from a study of over 1,200 twins were born between 1983 and 1987. The study found that marriage and intimate partnerships have the greatest positive influence on health and against this risky behavior.