Students who drink expensive drinks despite having lessons or testing the next day are more likely to become alcoholics later in their lives, study suggests
- Researchers gave students two scenarios in which they had to say how many drinks they would buy in one night for different prices
- One scenario did not include responsibilities for the next day, while the other involved an important test for the next day
- Those who chose to buy drinks regardless of the price with a test the next day were more likely to drink on weekdays and suffer from alcohol dependence
- But students who bought drinks without next day responsibilities, were more likely to drink at the weekend and have mild alcohol problems such as hangovers
Students who drink when they have a test the next day are more likely to drink on weekdays and suffer from alcohol dependence, a new study suggests.
Researchers gave students two scenarios in which they had to say how many drinks they would buy in one night for different prices.
In one context they had nothing to do the next day and in the other context they had a very important test.
Those who drank when they had no responsibilities were more likely to drink at the weekend and have less serious alcohol-related problems such as a hangover.
But students who continued to buy drinks despite responsibility were more likely to drink during the week and become compulsive drinkers, the Florida State University team at Tallahassee found.
A new study from Florida State University has shown that students who decide to drink alcohol, even if they know they have tested the next day, are more likely to drink on weekdays (file image)
According to Addiction Center, four out of five American students drink alcohol and almost half drink a lot.
Although many students just drink in social situations, excessive drinking can have harmful consequences.
Nearly 600,000 are by accident injured under the influence of alcohol and about 25 percent of the students report academic consequences of their drinking.
For the new study, published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, the team hired 370 students.
They were all heavy drinkers and provided information about how much alcohol they usually had in a week and about drink-related problems.
The students received two hypothetical scenarios asking them how many drinks they would buy at prices ranging from $ 0 to $ 20 per drink
In one scenario they had no responsibilities for the next day and in another situation they had a test worth 25 percent of their class the next morning.
Results showed that students said they would drink less because the price for alcohol rose under the test context the next day.
The few who said they would continue to buy drinks as the price went up, even if they had a test the next day, were more likely to drink frequently and have alcohol dependence during the week.
But in the scenario without responsibility for the next day, those who drank were more likely to drink at the weekend and have a milder alcohol-related problem, such as hangovers.
Researchers say the results suggest that clinicians can offer this exercise to the general public to better identify heavier drinkers with the greatest risk of serious alcohol problems.
& # 39; The findings support the theory that addiction is a condition of & # 39; behavioral assignment & # 39 ;, where drinking decisions respond less to circumstances that limit drinking for most drinkers, & # 39; wrote the authors.
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