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Does Facebook Hold Clues to Problem Drinking?

Study Suggests Link Between Online Comments on Drinking and Alcohol Problems for College Students

Second Opinion

The findings make sense to W. Keith Campbell, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Georgia. He has researched social networking and narcissism, a self-centeredness with a need for admiration. He reviewed the new study findings for WebMD.

In his research, he has found that people who display narcissism are more likely to post provocative pictures, for instance.

Likewise, he says, the new research is finding that using Facebook is ''a reasonable way to gather information about someone that is accurate."

The finding could help those concerned about someone's possible problem drinking take action, Campbell says.

"If you are a parent or a friend of someone and see lots of examples of drinking [posted online], it might be a cue or a clue to go talk to the person," he says. "I would not use this [information] as a diagnostic."

However, it could offer a clue to problem drinking that seems somewhat accurate, he says.

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