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Alcohol prods men to greater risks

Binge drinking is more likely to get men into trouble vis-a-vis their female counterpart, says a study.

india Updated: May 06, 2006 17:19 IST

A new research has found that that when it comes to alcohol, men tend to be greater risk takers, as binge drinking is more likely to them get into trouble.

The study has been conducted by Steve Benton, professor of counselling and educational psychology, Ronald Downey, professor of psychology, and Sheryl Benton, assistant professor of counselling and educational psychology and assistant director of Counselling Services.

Steve Benton said the study had found that students who tend to have attitudes that make them greater risk takers are more likely to get into trouble when drinking.

"Students who tend to have attitudes that make them greater risk takers are more likely to get into trouble when drinking.

Even when controlling the amount of alcohol, it's not how much you drink that affects the amount of trouble, but how risky you are," he said.

The researchers also found that women, on the other hand, tend to use more protective strategies, including drinking only with friends, counting the number of drinks, limiting the amount of money spent on drinking and eating food before drinking.

"We know that males tend to be heavier drinkers than females. The more you drink, the more you get into trouble. We found that the protective strategies are especially beneficial to male students, because they drink more than females, as well as to students who have six or more drinks," he added.