While attending college and binge drinking basically go hand in hand, a new study has revealed that all those beer bongs and keg stands to the face could lead to alcoholism in early adulthood—especially in women!
According to research by the University of Glasgow in Scotland, young people are more likely to abuse alcohol if they went to a university or became a smoker in their tender, adult-shaping teenage years. The study, which was conducted across England, Wales and Scotland, found that more independence along with being surrounded by people of the same age group could be to blame.
“It appears heavy drinking in early adulthood is more likely for both adolescent smokers and those who go to university or college,” said Dr. Michael Green of the University of Glasgow. With millennial alcohol consumption at an all-time high, Green made a point that teenagers from a more deprived background were less likely to attend university, however, being underprivileged and a smoker led to a higher probability of alcoholism, just like their college-attending cohorts.
The study defined higher education as being a full-time student after 18 years of age, and “heavy drinking” was measured by the consumption of 14 or more units of alcohol per week for women and 21 units for men. In simpler terms, that amounts to a bottle-and-a-half of wine or seven pints of beer, and according to Green, the association was higher for women than men.
So, how can the prevalence of early adulthood alcoholism be reduced? As Green states, “There may be common causes [such as coping responses and transitional challenges] affecting young people that lead to both smoking and heavy drinking. If we can identify and understand these it may be easier to intervene to prevent both.”
We still blame college. Cheers!