Living In Close Proximity To A Bar Could Encourage Risky Drinking

After tracking nearly 55,000 Finnish adults over the course of seven years, researchers in Finland found that the subjects who moved closer to bars were more likely to increase their alcohol consumption. In fact, when a person moved just about half a mile closer to a bar, their odds of becoming a what the researchers defined as a “heavy drinker” rose 17 percent. The pattern also held in cases when, rather than choosing to move to different homes closer to bars, subjects stayed put as new bars popped up closer to their current home. The lead researcher told Reuters that although they aren’t suggesting that mere proximity can turn people into risky drinkers, the increased risk levels were “notable.” Bar storefronts could act as implicit alcohol advertisements that help encourage people to drink.