Local Researchers Look At Using Facebook To Identify Alcoholics

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(credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

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(CBS Seattle) — Researchers at Seattle Children’s Research Institute are using Facebook date to determine which users might be most susceptible to alcoholism,  according to KOMO News.

Staff studied 338 college freshman attending the University of Washington and University of Wisconsin. Each student took the alcohol use disorders identification test, which is used by clinics across the country. Twenty-two students were found to be dependent on alcohol. Researchers then analyzed the Facebook profiles of those students and found they left clues of their drinking problems on their pages, KOMO reports.

Researchers say they hope social media, like Facebook, may be able to help identify and help people with substance abuse problems.

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