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Suppressing Anger Leads to Violence When Drunk

by Rathi Manohar on June 22, 2010 at 6:15 PM
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Suppressing Anger Leads to Violence When Drunk

Suppressing anger could make people become violent when drunk, claims a new study.

Thor Norstrom and Hilde Pape, researchers involved in the study, applied an approach that reduces the risk of drawing erroneous conclusions about cause and effect.

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They conclude that their study adds to the body of evidence suggesting that drinking may in fact inflict physical aggression.

The authors elaborate this conclusion: "Only a tiny fraction of all drinking events involve violence and whether intoxicated aggression is likely to occur seems to depend on the drinkers' propensity to withhold angry feelings when sober."
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The study is based on self-reported data from a general population survey of young people in Norway. Nearly 3000 individuals were assessed twice, first at 16-17 years of age and again at ages 21-22.

The participants were divided into 3 equally large groups with respect to anger suppression.

Among individuals who reported a high inclination to suppress feelings of anger, a 10 percent increase in drinking to the point of intoxication was associated with a 5 percent increase in violence.

Researchers observed no such association among those who did not habitually suppress their angry feelings.

The study has been published in the journal Addiction.

Source: ANI
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