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
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.