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:
- Alcohol Poisoning
- Absence from Work
- Absence from School
- Increased Risk of Unprotected Sex
- Unplanned Drug Use
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.