Social media use may help identify students at risk of alcohol problems

Having an ‘alcohol identity’ puts college students at greater risk of having drinking problems, say researchers, adding that posting about alcohol use on social media sites is actually a stronger predictor of alcohol problems than having a drink.

North Carolina State University

May 27, 2016

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This article is all about drinking identity at college, and the correlation between having a drink problem and having a drinking identity on social media. The claim is that a drinking identity is a better indicator of a problem than the consumption of alcohol itself.

Back in the early 1980s when I was at University, and long before social media existed, my drinking identity got me through the early days and weeks on an all-male corridor at a North England University. I was an experienced alcohol consumer when I arrived at University and my ability to sink pints and generally hold my liquor made up for what I felt an otherwise weak personal identity.

I would have found social media a useful tool for this purpose, much as the article outlines.

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