Suppressed Anger While Drunk Ups Violence

OSLO, Norway, June 22 (UPI) — Those who suppress anger have an increased risk of violence when drunk, researchers in Norway and Sweden found.

Thor Norstrom of the Swedish Institute for Social Research at Stockholm University in Sweden and Hilde Pape of the Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research in Oslo, Norway, said their study adds to the body of evidence suggesting drinking may inflict physical aggression.


The study is based on self-reported data from a general population survey of 3,000 young people in Norway, assessed once at ages 16-17 and again at ages 21-22.

The study participants were divided equally into three groups according to anger suppression.

The study, published in the journal Addiction, found those who reported a high inclination to suppress anger, had a 10 percent increase in drinking to the point of intoxication and associated with a 5 percent increase in violence, while there was no such association among those who were not inclined to suppress their anger.

“Only a tiny fraction of all drinking events involve violence and whether intoxicated aggression is likely to occur seems to depend on the drinkers’ propensity to withhold angry feelings when sober,” the study authors said in a statement.

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