Researchers at the Universitat Jaume I in Castellón, Spain, and McGill University in Montreal have found a relationship between the increased heartbeat some people experience after drinking a certain amount of alcohol and the risk of developing a personality that is sensitive to rewards and, hence, to addictions.
The study, which was published in the March edition of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, concludes that people who experience an increase in their heart rate after drinking alcohol are almost twice as likely to develop a personality that is sensitive to rewards, which is in turn linked to a higher predisposition to any type of addiction, claims César Ávila, one of the authors of the study, from the Department of Basic Psychology at the Universitat Jaume I.
“Other analyses have found the relationship runs in the opposite direction. For each point sensitivity to reward rises, there is a 21.2% increase in the likelihood of suffering rapid heartbeat after drinking alcohol,” explains Caroline Brunelle from the Department of Psychology at McGill University in Montreal.
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