Drinking alcohol makes us happy, but not for long
Study leader Dr. Ben Bamburg Geiger, from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom, found that while drinking alcohol makes us momentarily happy, it fails to offer long-term life satisfaction and well-being, medicalnewstoday.com reports.
The researchers recently published their findings in the journal Social Science & Medicine.
It is no surprise that alcohol use is associated with reduced well-being. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol use is the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States, responsible for around 88,000 deaths each year.
Dr. Bamburg Geiger and colleagues note, however, that drinking alcohol is also deemed a source of pleasure. Many of us enjoy a drink after a hard day's work, for example, or when socializing with friends.
But does having a drink or two really make us happy? This is what the team wanted to find out.