Defined by the National Institute on Alcoholic Abuse and Alcoholism, not as a pot-bellied guy with a frig full of Bud, but as:
— young adults who binge drink occasionally (32 percent)
— young adults who drink (and do drugs) to loosen up and be more social (21 percent),
— and working adults in stable relationships with higher incomes who have 5 or more drinks every other day (19 percent).
SO, how do you tell the difference between good fun and a high risk for alcoholism? And, does marriage change people?
The NIAAA seems to thinks so.
"... assuming adult roles and responsibilities consistently curbs alcohol use. This reduction in drinking may be a result of limitations that adult roles place on social activities in general or may reflect a change in these young adults’ attitudes toward drinking.
"The data also indicate that becoming engaged (i.e., making a commitment to a relationship) has a similar but less powerful effect on drinking compared with marriage...
"Being a parent also is related to lower alcohol use for both men and women, although a large part of this effect may simply be a result of getting married. Most women who became pregnant eliminate their alcohol use, although most of their husbands do not"
Is it unfair to assume that marriage should change a person?