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Secondhand Drinking Affects One in Five Adults in the US

Do everything in moderation. Social drinking seems like a convention among different groups of people in order to socialize and get to know each other and break down the walls of awkwardness between colleagues and acquaintances. But sometimes, things can go overboard and cause damage, not only to oneself but also to others.

What counts as secondhand drinking damage? The dangers of secondhand smoke, by contrast, are relatively easy to quantify — secondhand smoke inhalation is linked to heart disease, lung disease, and stroke, and it results in more than 50,000 premature deaths each year in the United States alone.
But beyond being hit by a drunk driver or assaulted by someone on the sidewalk, I was wondering what qualifies as “secondhand harm” when it comes to alcohol.

Here's a link to the study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The researchers list down several instances which could be considered "secondhand drinking damage". They also found that such cases were more common among young people and heavy drinkers.

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