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Addiction

09 November 2012

Pre-drinking doubles booze consumption

A new study finds that people who have a few drinks before going out consume nearly twice as much alcohol as others and have more unfortunate incidents such as blackouts.

Many young people knock back a few drinks before going out to a bar, a practise sometimes called "pre-drinking" or "frontloading." But a new study finds that they consume nearly twice as much alcohol as others and have more unfortunate incidents such as blackouts.

The research doesn't measure whether those who drink before going out get into more car accidents. Nor does it say anything about those who throw back cold ones before heading to, say, a football game instead of a pub.

 

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