life-satisfaciton-alcohol

Alcohol and happiness don't mix - definitely not in the long term. The heavier the alcohol use the stronger the dissatisfaction with life according to a prospective 15-year Finnish study.
 
Source
H. Koivumaa-Honkanen; J. Kaprio; T. Korhonen;, R.J. Honkanen; K. Heikkilä; M. Koskenvuo.
Self-reported Life Satisfaction and Alcohol Use A 15-year Follow-up of Healthy Adult Twins. Alcohol and Alcoholism. 2012;47(2):160-168.

Can alcohol make me happy?

Alcohol use leads to unhappiness. The heavier the alcohol use the stronger the dissatisfaction with life.

Life dissatisfaction is associated with high alcohol consumption, binge drinking, and passing out after drinking. A population sample of twins followed over 15 years shows this relationship is uni-directional - increasing alcohol use increases unhappiness and not vice versa.

Signs of adverse alcohol use

Sign Description
Excessive use Males: 800gm/month (10 small pegs/wk)
Females: 400gm/month (5 small pegs/wk)
Binge drinking Consumption of >5 bottles of beer
one bottle of wine
half a bottle of hard liquor
at one occasion at least once a month
Passing out due to drinking Once or more during the preceding year
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