NCBI ROFL: Dear Lord, please give me a drink.

By ncbi rofl | August 11, 2011 7:00 pm

It’s booze week on NCBI ROFL! All this week we’ll be featuring articles about ethanol, ethyl alcohol, and even CH3CH2OH. Enjoy!

Invocations and intoxication: does prayer decrease alcohol consumption?

“Four methodologically diverse studies (N = 1,758) show that prayer frequency and alcohol consumption are negatively related. In Study 1 (n = 824), we used a cross-sectional design and found that higher prayer frequency was related to lower alcohol consumption and problematic drinking behavior. Study 2 (n = 702) used a longitudinal design and found that more frequent prayer at Time 1 predicted less alcohol consumption and problematic drinking behavior at Time 2, and this relationship held when controlling for baseline levels of drinking and prayer. In Study 3 (n = 117), we used an experimental design to test for a causal relationship between prayer frequency and alcohol consumption. Participants assigned to pray every day (either an undirected prayer or a prayer for a relationship partner) for 4 weeks drank about half as much alcohol at the conclusion of the study as control participants. Study 4 (n = 115) replicated the findings of Study 3, as prayer again reduced drinking by about half. These findings are discussed in terms of prayer as reducing drinking motives.”

Photo: flickr/House of Sims

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  • http://www.catholiclab.net Ian

    What’s so funny about this – ROFL? Surely this is a good outcome.

  • plutosdad

    The way it’s worded had me confused, for a second I thought it was linked to both “lower frequency” and “problematic drinking” meaning they might drink less but when they did they binged. Which is actually something people claim happens more in America than Europe or other places with more drinking among the young.

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