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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Are you drunk? Hammered? Tipsy? Wasted?


Interesting study from Mizzou, via the Columbia Missourian. Researchers say that a lot of drunk-driving studies might be flawed because the subjects are always asked how often they get "drunk" -- but a lot of people have different personal standards for what they consider drunk. So they won't say they're drunk. They're only "tipsy." Snip:

Levitt found that women most commonly describe themselves as "tipsy" after four or more drinks in a two-hour period, which meets binge-drinking criteria set out by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Binge drinking for men is consuming five or more drinks in a two-hour period, according to the institute.

The gentler terms could be hazardous because those who say they are "tipsy" may perceive themselves capable of driving home.


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