The war on sobriety is being lost in what was once thought to be a stronghold of drunkenness: college. And we’re baffled as to why.
According to a recent study of adults aged 18 to 24, binge drinking is down. (For those of you playing at home, the study defined binge drinking as five or more drinks on one occasion.) The findings are particularly concerning, as the numbers had been on the rise in recent years. In college, you’re stuck in one place, surrounded by people your age, and paying bills with money you haven’t earned. Why wouldn’t you binge drink?
But there is a bright point. It seems that adults 18 to 24 who have not attended college are picking up the slack in alcohol consumption. Perhaps it is no longer cool to stay in school.
If you’re reading this and you’re a woman, there’s a decent chance you’re drunk right now. It’s science.
According to a new study by the American Journal of Public Health, binge drinking among women is on the rise in the U.S. In case you’re wondering, the white coats define “binge drinking” as five or more drinks in a sitting for men, and four or more in a sitting for women. In fact, from 2002 to 2012, lady binge drinking rose by about 36%, while men rose by only 23%.
Congratulations, ladies. Every drink you take brings us all closer to gender equality.
In 2007, or 2008, depending on who you ask, the bottom fell out of the U.S. economy, and the rest of the world came along with us for the ride. Since then, it’s been nothing but a stream of complaints from people who have lost their jobs, or recent college grads, who just realized this whole real world thing is, like, going to affect them.
But there’s great news, everyone, the American economy is back! Sure, you can listen to economists who said that the Great Recession ended a couple years ago, or you can try to wrap your head around the latest job reports. I’ve got a better idea. All you need to do is look around you for the signs.
Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management researchers have learned something interesting about guilt: it makes you drink. For some reason, millions of Americans want to forget why they feel guilty, and nothing helps you forget like booze.
But did you know that undergraduates feel guilty about drinking underage and/or to excess? When shown Canadian (?) anti-drinking drinking public service ads, the teens decided they needed a drink.
American teens drinking to forget guilt-trips from our frozen, drunken neighbors to the north? Yeah, we’ll drink to that, too.
In a nutshell:
Since multiple cultures use booze for different social functions, there’s no one real behavior that is produced by hooch. This is reinforced by studies showing that people who believe they are drinking will act drunk, regardless if they’re actually drinking the hard stuff.
So if you have any kids laying around, now’s the perfect opportunity to see what they think “being drunk” is. Just tell them that Ecto-Cooler is absinthe.