Is this really news?

‘Extreme Drinking’ Common at Colleges

I guess I thought this was a fairly well known fact… From the article:

The surveys showed that a “surprisingly large percentage of
students, particularly males, drink at peak levels well beyond the
binge threshold,” write White and colleagues.

The findings include:

  • 1 in 5 men reported drinking 10 or more drinks on at least one day (double men’s binge-drinking threshold).
  • 1 in 10 women reported drinking 8 or more drinks on at least one day (double women’s binge-drinking threshold).
  • Nearly 8% of men reported drinking 15 or more drinks on at least one day (triple men’s binge-drinking threshold).
  • Nearly 2% of women reported drinking 12 or more drinks on at least one day (triple women’s binge-drinking threshold).

Extreme drinking was most common among men. People who frequently
passed the binge-drinking threshold were the most likely to have at
least one extreme drinking episode in the previous two weeks.

About 55% of all students reported drinking alcohol in the two weeks
before the survey. Most didn’t engage in extreme drinking, the
researchers also report.

The average number of drinks per occasion were almost six for men
and nearly four for women. Underage men and women averaged slightly
fewer drinks per occasion (about four for men and three for women).

‘Extreme Drinking’ Common at Colleges

Interesting to see in an organized study, but not really ‘groundbreaking’ stuff…

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