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Drunk sports stars don’t influence young

Students drinking habits related to friends


The drunken antics of sports stars don’t influence drinking habits among the young, according to researchers at Manchester and Western Sydney University in Australia, who found most of the 1,028 students they polled thought sports stars drink less than they do. Drinking habits were most strongly related to overestimating how much friends drank, they said, warning of a link between alcohol marketing within sport, and hazardous drinking by young people. Questionnaires were filled out by 1,028 students at two Australian universities, and showed participants thought that professional sports players drank 12 per cent less than they did, on average.

BBC News

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