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Friday, November 9, 2012

Pre-Drinking Problems

Alcohol is the most widely used substance that can have negative side-effects to the human body. Not only is alcohol bad for you, it can also lead to bad decision making that affects you and others around you. The way in which one consumes alcohol is important, drinking too much or drinking too fast can amplify the problems that come from from consuming alcohol.

Teenagers and young adults are notorious for improper drinking habits, typically drinking hard and fast leading to a number of problems. In an attempt to save money and time, college students will typically drink before they go out to bars or clubs - pre-drinking.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a new study has pointed out that such drinking behaviors can lead to:

  • Blackouts
  • Hangovers
  • Alcohol Poisoning
  • Injuries
  • Absence from Work
  • Absence from School
  • Increased Risk of Unprotected Sex
  • Unplanned Drug Use
“Changing the location during a night increases the overall amount of alcohol consumption,” lead researcher Florian Labhart said in a news release. “It’s important that young people count the number of drinks they have during a night and to remember how many drinks they had already when they reach a new drinking location.”

The drinking habits of more than 250 Swiss students for five weeks were observed by researchers. Their findings showed that when students drank before going to a club or bar, they consumed more than they would normally would have had they not pre-drank. Pre-drinking students would have an average of seven drinks, while those who started drinking when they went out had an average of just over four drinks.

Students who drank before going out had a 24 percent chance of experiencing negative consequences, compared with 18 percent for those who did not pre-drink.  

The study appears in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

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