A huge social part of university life, through my experience, is partying. And what does one do while out partying? DRINK! As students we do our best to show up to class and study throughout the week, the weekend on the other hand is free time to let loose and consume far to much alcohol in one night, this could be patterned as a form of binge drinking. Not all students I may add but I willing to bet a “work hard all week, party all weekend” mentally is shared by many students and people in general. Plenty of us are familiar with the devastating effects alcoholism has on the brain, but what about the effect social drinking may have?
Looking at Weissenborn and Duka’s article, Acute alcohol effects on cognitive function in social drinkers: their relationship to drinking habits, they look at the possible effects binge drinking/heavy social drinking may have on cognitive function, specifically within working memory and pattern recognition.
Administering a study, with thorough testing Weissenborn and Duka found that binge drinking impairs ones planning ability as well as spatial recognition. Their results also suggests a possible correlation between impaired spatial working memory and pattern recognition within ‘bingers’. Therefor there is working memory deficits within ‘bingers’
You may attend class and study during the week, but your drinking habits may actually damage your ability to record information from your environment (i.e. the classroom) as well as process data and classify information. All necessities in order to excel in school, so think to yourself whether or not the a weekend of heavy partying is really worth the hangover and the possibility of bad grades.
Weissenborn R. & Duka T. (2003). Acute Alcohol Effects on Cognitive Function in Social Drinkers: Their Relationship to Drinking Habits. Psychopharmacology, 165, 306–312.