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Study: Undergrads' Drinking Patterns May Lead to Continued Abuse 

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(FORT COLLINS, Co.) -- Heavy college drinking may lead to unhealthy habits down the road, according to new study.

HealthDay reports that the study, due to appear in the January 2012 print issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, found that college students who drank heavily may be more likely to continue their habits after graduation if they have high levels of impulsivity and aggression.

The study surveyed 265 female and 96 male undergraduates who completed an anonymous online survey that asked questions regarding their drinking patterns and personality traits.

The study found that 6 percent of the participants met the criteria for having a dependence on alcohol, and about 31 percent fit the criteria for having alcohol abuse problems.

"Many, if not most, undergraduate college students reduce their level of drinking after they graduate from college and are no longer in the environment that led to their drinking," corresponding author Cheryl L. Beseler, a researcher at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Co., said in a journal news release. "However, some young adults continue to drink at levels that increase their risk of an AUD (alcohol-use disorder). We do not yet understand why this occurs, but probably the reasons include genetic and personality factors and interactions between them."

Researchers assessed some potentially relevant aspects of personality and family history to determine which behaviors contribute to heavy drinking in students after graduation.

"Our most interesting finding is that we found two groups of college students who drank at fairly high levels, but one group was more inclined to drink to feel better, more impulsive and more aggressive than the other group, which also drank a lot of alcohol," Beseler said.

The study concluded that students who were more impulsive and aggressive were more likely to continue heavy drinking after they finish school.

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