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Sunday, January 6, 2008

File this under "D" for "Duh!"

This story is rich. Like we needed scientists to tell us that college drinking games lead to higher blood alcohol levels:

The first on-the-scene study of college drinking behavior shows that parties with drinking games result in higher blood alcohol levels, while themed parties encourage college women to drink more heavily than men, new research suggests.

Previous studies of college drinking have relied largely on individual behavior and self-reports of drinking habits. Researchers at San Diego State University and the University of Michigan have determined that environment and party activities also affect drinking behavior.

"Most studies use survey methods that require people to recall their drinking behavior -- days, weeks or months prior -- and such recall is not always accurate," corresponding author J. D. Clapp, director of the Center for Alcohol and Drug Studies and Services at San Diego State University, said in a prepared statement. "By going out into the field and doing observations and surveys, including breath tests for alcohol concentrations, we were able to mitigate many of the problems associated with recall of behavior and complex settings."

The team observed 1,304 young adults (751 men, 553 women) at 66 college parties over the course of three semesters. The parties all took place in private residences close to an urban public university in southern California. The team noted party environment, surveyed attendees and collected blood-alcohol concentrations.

The researchers found that playing drinking games, having a personal history of binge drinking, attending a party with many other intoxicated people, and attending a themed event all predicted higher blood alcohol levels. The researchers expressed surprise over the finding that women at themed events drank more heavily than their male peers.

You mean if I play a game of quarters at a college party my blood alcohol levels are going up? No sh*t, Sherlock. I'm not even a scientist, and I knew that. Can I ask a question on this one? What is the job description for these monkeys, pointer-out-of-the-obvious? Look, I used to drink. Technically, I'm an alcoholic. We have one drink, which leads to another, and another, and another. Alcoholics don't know when to say when.

I quit drinking last year. I gave it up for Lent, and I didn't go back to it once Lent was done. I quit smoking at the beginning of last year. Both decisions were made because I am older than Marcie, and I'd like to enjoy what years I have left with my wife. I don't want to accelerate the process of death. Stopping those two bad habits now gives my body time to heal the damage created by my youthful indiscretions.

But did we really need this study? Seriously? I mean did the scientists think that blood alcohol levels would go down the more kids drank, or are they simply surprised that when you play drinking games, or go to themed parties that kids drank more? I guess these eggheads missed their college parties when they were going to school.

Publius II


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