Medicine: Just to Be Sociable

Why do people drink? Pollsters from the National Opinion Research Center, who went around asking, got a variety of answers. Said a Pennsylvania housewife: "People think you are dead if you don't." Said a schoolteacher from rural Wisconsin: "I guess just to be sociable. I don't care for it at all; I just choke it down." As a North Carolina building contractor expressed it: "When I drink I feel important." A Georgia farmer: "Drinking takes me right on up . . ."

Most frequent reason for drinking is "sociability" (38%), reported three Rutgers University sociologists in the current Quarterly Journal of Studies...

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