Drinking Games Are High RIsk

Drinking Games Are High RIsk

April 22, 2013

A study analyzing drinking games finds that they are a much higher-risk activity than other forms of alcohol consumption. The study, conducted at Loyola Marymount University, analyzed 3,421 college students' participation in different types of drinking games by demographic and found that seven in ten students reported playing at least one drinking game in the past 30 days. According to Loyola Marymount psychology professor and co-author of the study, Joseph LaBrie, the games lead to enough consumption of alcohol that there is memory loss in about 30 percent of students. Students also suffer from feelings of shame and embarrassment. "Consistent research confirms that drinking games encourage rapid and heavy alcohol consumption that is strongly associated with negative alcohol-related consequences such as poor grades, unplanned sexual activity, and interpersonal conflicts," according to the study's authors. LaBrie believes that understanding the types of games played, and how much alcohol is consumed, could help educators execute more effective, targeted prevention efforts.

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