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    Binge-drinking students happier than others, study finds

    N
    ote to all my college-student friends: Binge drinking is bad for you. Donít do it.
    But new research presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Denver this week comes to the kind-of-surprising conclusion that college students who engage in binge drinking are happier than their non-bingeing peers.
    Youíd think it might be the other way around, that kids who arenít happy would be drawn to binge drinking. But co-author Carolyn Hsu, an associate professor of sociology at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., found that binge drinking is associated with status on campuses and that binge-drinking students tend to be happier with their social lives than others.
    The as-yet-unpublished study cites earlier research linking binge drinking to problems that include poor academic performance, violence, risky sexual behaviors and the development of alcohol dependence. The authors note that alcohol-education programs have made young people well aware of those likely outcomes, yet students continue to be drawn to bingeing.
    Aiming to tease out the relationships between studentsí social status, their satisfaction with college life and their binge drinking, the researchers surveyed nearly 1,600 students at what the paper describes as a selective residential liberal arts college in the Northeast.
    Among those students, 64 percent reported binge drinking and 36 percent said they werenít binge drinkers. Binge drinking was defined as consuming more than four drinks on one occasion for women, and more than five for men, at least once during a two-week period.
    They found that students who were in high-status groups ó wealthy, white, male, participating in Greek life ó were more satisfied socially than those in low-status groups ó less wealthy, racial minorities, female, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer (LGBTQ), not participating in a fraternity or sorority.
    The study further found that high-status students were far more likely than low-status students to be binge drinkers. It also found that low-status students could boost their social satisfaction so it was about the same as that of high-status students by binge drinking. Conversely, high-status students who didnít binge drink had lower levels of social satisfaction than did high-status binge drinkers.
    Contrary to what you might think, the study found that binge drinkers didnít typically engage in the practice to mitigate unhappiness or combat anxiety, but rather to improve their social standing by behaving the way students o
    f high social status behaved.

    Binge-drinking students happier than others, study finds - The Checkup - The Washington Post



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    Re: Binge-drinking students happier than others, study finds

    Conducting the survey at about 12:30 on Sunday would give drastically different results



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    Re: Binge-drinking students happier than others, study finds

    Quote Originally Posted by Bader View Post
    Conducting the survey at about 12:30 on Sunday would give drastically different results
    By 12:30 they are 3 bloody mary's in and watching the NFL. What would make someone happier?


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    Re: Binge-drinking students happier than others, study finds

    Really? 5 drinks during one occasion at least once during a 2 week period? I'm surprised the percentage was so low.

    I know at least for me & my group of friends there were some 2 week periods when we'd have at least 5 drinks on every occasion...



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    Re: Binge-drinking students happier than others, study finds

    I'd rather be joyful, than happy.



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