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Functional benefits of (modest) alcohol consumption

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Alcohol use has a long and ubiquitous history. Despite considerable research on the misuse of alcohol, no one has ever asked why it might have become universally adopted, although the conventional view assumes that its only benefit is hedonic. In contrast, we suggest that alcohol consumption was adopted because it has social benefits that relate both to health and social bonding. We combine data from a national survey with data from more detailed behavioural and observational studies to show ...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1007/s40750-016-0058-4

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Medical Sciences Division
Department:
Experimental Psychology
Oxford college:
Magdalen College
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Medical Sciences Division
Department:
Experimental Psychology
Oxford college:
St Annes College
ORCID:
0000-0002-4266-6834
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Medical Sciences Division
Department:
Experimental Psychology
ORCID:
0000-0002-4606-9543
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Medical Sciences Division
Department:
Experimental Psychology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Medical Sciences Division
Department:
Experimental Psychology
ORCID:
0000-0002-4347-317X
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Publisher:
Springer Publisher's website
Journal:
Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology Journal website
Volume:
3
Issue:
2
Pages:
118–13
Publication date:
2016-12-28
Acceptance date:
2016-12-28
DOI:
EISSN:
2198-7335
Pubs id:
pubs:728710
URN:
uri:338370a2-75bd-47db-8495-62380fcb8b82
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uuid:338370a2-75bd-47db-8495-62380fcb8b82
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pubs:728710

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