‘There are nine types of alcohol drinkers’September 17th, 2008 - 1:43 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 17 (IANS)Are there different types of alcohol drinkers? We probably know of two - normal drinkers and alcoholics. Britain’s health officials now tell us there are nine of them.The department of health has researched drinking types to promote public health campaign against excessive or binge drinking. Alcohol-related illnesses cost the NHS around £2.7 billion a year.
Health researchers have over the past one year analysed the social and psychological characteristics of people who regularly drink twice the recommended guidelines of alcohol - 35 alcohol units per week for women and 5o for men.
The nine personality types of heavy drinkers are:
* “De-stress drinkers” use alcohol to regain control of life and calm down. They include middle-class women and men.
* “Conformist drinkers” are driven by the need to belong and seek a structure to their lives. They are typically men aged 45 to 59 in clerical or manual jobs.
* “Boredom drinkers” consume alcohol to pass the time, seeking stimulation to relieve the monotony of life. Alcohol helps them to feel comforted and secure.
* “Depressed drinkers” may be of any age, gender or socioeconomic group. They crave comfort, safety and security.
* “Re-bonding drinkers” are driven by a need to keep in touch with people who are close to them.
* “Community drinkers” are motivated by the need to belong. They are usually lower middle class men and women who drink in large friendship groups.
* “Hedonistic drinkers” crave stimulation and want to abandon control. They are often divorced people with grown-up children, who want to stand out from the crowd.
* “Macho drinkers” spend most of their spare time in pubs. They are mostly men of all ages who want to stand out from the crowd.
* “Border dependents” regard the pub as a home from home. They visit it during the day and the evening, on weekdays and at weekends, drinking fast and often.
The health department will launch a trial campaign in north-west England on the basis of this research. Public health minister Dawn Primarolo told The Telegraph: “The pilot will help up to 4,000 drinkers cut down in the first year alone.”
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