PS5 games with alcohol in them are addictive, study says
Drinking games are addictive and have been shown to cause brain damage, a UK study has found.
The study, which looked at 10 games, found that players of drinking games have a lower level of cognition compared to people who play non-drinking games.
The game titles include The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Dead Rising 3, Battlefield 4 and The Last of Us: Remastered, which were released in May.
The authors, from University College London, said that the games could lead to “a negative social consequence” by leading people to “seek out and play more violent, antisocial and/or violent video games”.
They also pointed to “significant associations between game playing and increased risk of depression and anxiety disorders”, as well as “lower levels of social trust, perceived fairness and control”.
The researchers also looked at the impact of games on social relationships.
Dr. James Gaffney, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Warwick, said the study could be an important step towards “decriminalising” drinking games in Britain.
“We know that the addictive properties of video games are linked to a range of other behaviors including substance abuse, and the impact on mental health is clear,” he said in a statement.
“While we are not aware of any specific causal link, the findings indicate that these games can potentially have harmful consequences for individuals, potentially leading to reduced social trust and reduced empathy.”