Are Red Eyes A Sign Of Alcoholism?

Are Red Eyes A Sign Of Alcoholism?

It is a common belief that red eyes are a sign of alcoholism.

While it is true that alcohol can cause red eyes, there are many other possible causes.

Alcoholism is a serious disease that requires medical treatment. If you or someone you know has red eyes and is drinking alcohol, it is important to get medical help right away.

A recent study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research suggests that people with red eyes may be more likely to be alcoholics.

The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Helsinki, looked at a group of Finnish men who had been diagnosed with alcohol use disorder. The researchers found that those with red eyes were more likely to have a family history of alcoholism and to have started drinking at an earlier age than those without red eyes.

While the study does not prove that red eyes are a cause of alcoholism, it does suggest that there may be a link between the two. If you or someone you know has red eyes and is struggling with alcoholism, please seek help from a medical professional.

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Robert Gerchalk

Robert is our health care professional reviewer of this website. He worked for many years in mental health and substance abuse facilities in Florida, as well as in home health (medical and psychiatric), and took care of people with medical and addictions problems at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He has a nursing and business/technology degrees from The Johns Hopkins University.

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