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Zlatko Kostic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The recession might have driven a lot of people to drink -- literally.
A study by the California-based Alcohol Research Group reveals that people who lost jobs or homes during the height of the economic downturn in 2008 and 2009 were more prone to become problem drinkers than those who avoided similar calamities.
Lead researcher Nina Mulia said that while a cause-and-effect link cannot be definitely established, "It wouldn't be surprising if people who are dealing with severe stress -- who were actually affected by job or housing loss -- would turn to alcohol."
The study said incidents that included getting drunk or having accidents involving alcohol were more prevalent in people in their 30s and 40s. Men were also more susceptible to hitting the bottle than women.
Mulia said the study should also be a call to action for physicians to look out for warning signs in patients during economic hard times.
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