If you are someone who depends on his/her partner to make you feel good, then according to a recent study, you are likely to drown your sorrows if you believe your partner is cheating.
Authors from the University of Houston have claimed that understanding the link between romantic jealousy, relationship-dependent self-esteem and alcohol problems can help identify the people at risk of alcoholism more quickly.
Lead Author Angelo DiBello said every person experiences feelings of jealousy to some degree; many people are in relationships that are less than ideal, and use alcohol for different reasons.
She added that romantic jealousy is a shared human experience, but very little work has looked at how it is related to alcohol use and this research helps to highlight the associations between these factors and show how a person’s emotions, thoughts and behaviors are related in potentially harmful ways.
The study reveals that people whose self-esteem relies on their relationship turn to alcohol to cope because of jealousy and these findings were especially true for people who are less satisfied, less committed, and report feeling more disconnected from their partners.
The study is published in the Journal Addictive Behaviors.