Religious ‘more aggressive’ when drunk

15th August, 2014 by Lauren Eads

Those who hold strong religious beliefs are more likely to be aggressive when drunk, according to a recent study.

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A study has claimed those with strong religious beliefs are more likely to be aggressive when drunk

A US study carried out in Kentucky on 520 individuals aged between 21 and 35 years found that those who held strong spiritual and religious views were more likely to become aggressive and violent after drinking, compared to people without such beliefs, as reported by the Daily Mail. 

Each participant was given either an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink, with psychologists having already assessed the degree of their spiritual beliefs.

Professor Peter Giancola, of the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, who led the study, claiming that in many cases, the stronger the person’s views, the more hostile and aggressive they became when drinking.

He said: “Oversimplifying – in many cases the more religious someone is, the more aggressive they will become after drinking alcohol.”

For the purposes of the study, a spiritual person was defined as someone who “finds meaning in the sacred”, regardless of which religion they follow.

The study was originally intended to identify risk factors to predict alcohol-related violence, with the correlation drawn between religion and aggression said to be a “surprise”.

He said the study suggested that alcohol “releases the beast within” in those with strongly held religious beliefs.

Giancola could not explain why this was the case and said further work was required to better understand the relationship between religion and alcohol.

One Response to “Religious ‘more aggressive’ when drunk”

  1. Constantine says:

    Alcohol is a reliable chemical that will expose fantasy. All fantasies, especially that of religion, are caused by a short circuit at the centre of the human personality.

    This short circuit, which needs curing, exists between the heart, which pumps blood, and the spinal cord, which causes the circulation of spinal fluid. All fantasies are rooted in this short circuit which is nothing more than an electrical short circuit. This malady cuts its victims off from reality at varying degrees. Because of this malady one does not always distinguish between reality and fantasies. Perhaps the most dangerous of these fantasies are religions which claim to have writings dictated by God and understood by a cast of so-called inspired leaders. It is by means of human fantasies that humans remain captive of demonic power especially manifested in religions. Only the blind do not see the fact that religions are one of main sources of social turmoil.

    The sickness of fallen mankind is cured by the restoration of our darkened souls through deification and re-establishing our true nature, to be ‘In Christ’ in His true Church. Then we can return to the state of the 1st Adam, prior to the fall of mankind. This is done through the 2nd Adam, Jesus Christ Himself and it is here where the mystery lies. It is here where the truth is revealed and knowledge is gained, not of ‘happiness’ but of true Joy.

    Professor Peter Giancola needs to cease performing useless experiments and focus on discovering the truth rather than playing around with fanasies.

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