Internet and social media activity have become more and more influential in our daily lives, and it is interesting to take a look at how social networking affects facets of addiction. A recent study out of Michigan State University delved deeper into the influence that Facebook plays upon drinking. They found that the more a user engaged with alcohol-related pages or posts, the more likely he or she is to consume alcohol. Assistant professor Saleem Alhabash explained, “what we found is if people actually feel so engaged with that message and want to do something about it — like, share or comment — that it makes the likelihood of them thinking about drinking even greater.” The implications of these findings reach into the underage population as well, with alcohol-related content permeating the Facebooks of the under-21 crowd quite consistently.

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