“We all experience feelings of jealousy to some degree; many people are in relationships that are less than ideal, and use alcohol for different reasons,” said Angelo DiBello, the study’s author. DiBello works with the psychology department at the University of Houston.
The study included 277 university students who were asked about their romantic relationships and drinking habits. DiBello said he hopes to use the findings to support the development of intervention and prevention efforts for people who may struggle with alcohol, self-esteem and relationship issues.
“Romantic jealousy is a shred human experience, but very little work has looked at how it is related to alcohol use, misuse and associated problems.” DiBello said. “This research helps to highlight the associations between these factors and show how our emotions, thoughts and behaviors are related in potentially harmful ways.”
The Green-Eyed Monster in the Workplace
Alcohol abuse is the third leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States with a toll of 10 percent of deaths of working age adults — about 88,000 deaths a year. Employees who abuse alcohol on the job have poor attendance and have performance and productivity issues.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, binge drinking is a pattern of alcohol consumption that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level to 0.08 percent or more. Five or more drinks on one occasion, or four or more drinks on a single occasion for women in about two hours is considered to be binge drinking. Heavy drinking, for women, means consuming an average of more than one drink a day. For men, heavy drinking means anything more than an average of two drinks a day.
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