The study considered how people’s happiness and drinking change alongside each other over a period of time. The authors, Dr Baumberg Geiger of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, and Dr George MacKerron of the University of Sussex, made use of both an iPhone-based app and a traditional cohort study to generate the findings.
The results suggested that, after making allowances for other factors such as illness that can effect wellbeing, there was no connection between people’s drinking and their happiness over a period of time. The exception to this was in situations where alcohol became a problem, leading to reduced feelings of wellbeing.
People momentarily happier when drinking alcohol – but over longer periods, drinking more does not make them more satisfied with life.