1 in 4 California drinkers identify with signs of alcoholism, study finds

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — More than one in four California drinkers said they could identify with at least one sign of alcoholism, according to a new survey. the study conducted by Alcohol.orgsurveyed 4,957 drinkers to find out how many could identify with some of the warning signs and symptoms of alcoholism.

According to the study, that means the number of Californians who identify with at least one sign of alcoholism is high at 26%, more than double the national average of 13%. At 15%, men were also more likely to identify with a sign of alcoholism than women, at just 11%.

Nationally, Delaware residents were most likely to identify with a sign of alcoholism at 38%, while North Carolina drinkers were least likely at just 6%.

The most common sign of alcoholism that California drinkers could identify with – 38% – was constantly monitoring their drinking situation, defined by behavior such as making sure they always had a full glass or keeping an eye on the bartender. Many California drinkers surveyed expressed concern about being judged for pouring another glass of wine from a shared bottle placed on the table.

The second most common sign that drinkers in California could identify with – 26% – were continuing to drink alcohol once they started. This is defined by the feeling that one drink leads to another and eventually it becomes a habit that continues and gets worse over time.

Another 12% said they drank when they didn’t want to, and 9% of respondents said their drinking had negative consequences.

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