Cartoon – Alcohol and Aggression

Judging by all the destruction caused by the test subject, drinking more does make one more aggressive.

A recent study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found a positive correlation between alcohol dose and aggression in human subjects. Aggressiveness was measured by shock intensity and duration administered to one’s “opponent” in a competitive reaction-time task. The opponents were fictional and no actual shocks were administered. Essentially, the more alcohol one drank, the more frequent and longer shocks they applied. This finding was observed throughout both genders.


Duke AA, Giancola PR, Morris DH, Holt JC, & Gunn RL (2010). Alcohol dose and aggression: another reason why drinking more is a bad idea. Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs, 72 (1), 34-43 PMID: 21138709

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Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS, FAAN

Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS, FAAN, is a board-certified neurologist and pain specialist, medical educator, and scientist. He is the executive director of the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation (GNIF). He is a published scholar in biomarkers, biotechnology, education technology, and neurology. He serves on the editorial board of several scholarly publications and has been honored by the U.S. President and Congress.
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