Atheism and alcoholism

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Alcoholism was a serious social problem in the former atheistic Soviet Union.[1] Between 1940 and 1980, this atheist state had the largest increase of the amount of alcohol usage in the developed world.[2]

The Barna Group found that atheists and agnostics in America were more likely, than theists in America, to look upon the following behaviors as morally acceptable: illegal drug use; excessive drinking; sexual relationships outside of marriage; abortion; cohabitating with someone of opposite sex outside of marriage; obscene language; gambling; pornography and obscene sexual behavior; and engaging in homosexuality/bisexuality.[3]

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Soviet Union and alcoholism

Alcoholism was a serious social problem in the former atheistic Soviet Union.[4] Between 1940 and 1980, the Soviet Union had the largest increase of the amount of alcohol usage in the developed world.[5]

Binge drinking and brain damage

A 2012 study suggests that a habit of binge drink risks serious brain damage including increasing memory loss later in adulthood.[6][7]

In addition, a number of prominent atheists are obese/overweight and medical science currently shows that being overweight is a causal factor for brain impairment (see: Atheism and obesity and Physical and mental health related problems associated with being overweight).

Atheism, binge drinking and suicide

Binge drinking is a potent risk factor for suicide.[8] Atheists have a higher suicide rate than the general population.

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References

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18245818
  2. Alcoholism in the Soviet Union
  3. http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/5-barna-update/58-practical-outcomes-replace-biblical-principles-as-the-moral-standard
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18245818
  5. Alcoholism in the Soviet Union
  6. http://alcoholism.about.com/cs/binge/a/aa000818a.htm
  7. http://www.scripps.edu/newsandviews/e_20121022/koob.html
  8. O'Connell, H; Lawlor, BA (October–December 2005). "Recent alcohol intake and suicidality--a neuropsychological perspective". Irish journal of medical science 174 (4): 51–4
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