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.

Reference;

Weissenborn R. & Duka T. (2003). Acute Alcohol Effects on Cognitive Function in Social Drinkers: Their Relationship to Drinking Habits. Psychopharmacology, 165, 306–312.

 

 

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5 thoughts on “~”Cheers to the Freakin’ Weekend”~

  1. I find your choice of picture for this blog post oddly inspiring!

    I found an interesting study that relates to social drinking, which I think is another complicated component to both drinking in general, and student drinking patterns. This study explored that if someone was made aware of the amount of liquid in their cups, they were less likely to drink as much, or to drink as fast. Maybe a good way to change social behaviour for both health and safety, would be to always have to display the amount of liquid is consuming on their cup? This could potentially also help solve a lot of issue you raised in this article!

    But, here is to the weekend! May everyone consume moderate amounts of alcohol, and get to bed at a reasonable time!

    Troy, D. M., Attwood, A. S., Maynard, O. M., Scott-Samuel, N. E., Hickman, M., Marteau, T. M., & Munafò, M. R. (2016). Effect of glass markings on drinking rate in social alcohol drinkers. The European Journal of Public Health, , ckw142. doi:10.1093/eurpub/ckw142

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  2. I found an article on social drinking in college students and it compared social drinking to solitary drinking (drinking alone) and they found that they were more likely to have “alcohol-related problems, severity of dependence, suicidal ideation, hopelessness, depression, loneliness, and drinking to cope and were lower in negative mood regulation expectancies and social competence” (Gonzalez, 2013). They also found that heavy social drinkers felt like they had social support and a strong social network while heavy solitary drinkers had more difficulty in social situations and in negative mood regulation. So, while social binge drinking may melt your brain, at least you feel supported and accepted while doing it 😉 .

    Gonzalez, V. M., & Skewes, M. C. (2013). Solitary heavy drinking, social relationships, and negative mood regulation in college drinkers. Addiction Research & Theory, 21(4), 285-294. doi:10.3109/16066359.2012.714429

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  3. Intertesting topic you decided to discuss this week. I looked into an article pointing out the many factors Social drinking in student lives plays a significant role in students life. The article also touches on how campus life plays a huge role in student drinking. It looks at the social status of students. “Aspects of campus life supporting drinking: Research does, however, suggest that there are aspects of certain college environments that may support or facilitate drinking among students. These factors
    -vi-
    include commingling of students under the legal drinking age of 21 with those who can drink legally, substantial amounts of unstructured time, and student-oriented alcohol advertising.
    College student drinkers: Research shows that:
    ¢ Male college students tend to drink more than female college students;
    ¢ White college students tend to drink more than their African-American and Hispanic peers;
    ¢ Members of fraternities and sororities tend to drink more than students who do not participate in the Greek system;
    ¢ College athletes tend to drink more than peers who are not involved with campus-based sports; and
    ¢ As a group, college students are less likely to use drugs than their noncollege peers.
    “Students who drink heavily may experience a range of personal consequences that include missing class, academic difficulties, dropping out of school, problems with friends, health problems, and unprotected or unwanted sex. Excessive use of alcohol can also increase the likelihood that students will engage in high-risk sex, behave aggressively, or perpetrate or experience sexual assault. These consequences are highlighted because they can have severe, long-term repercussions including contracting a sexually transmitted disease, becoming pregnant unintentionally, developing an arrest record, or living with the emotional devastation caused by rape.” Reference, https://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/media/FINALPanel1.pdf

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  4. this is a very interesting post to read. i dont actually drink but i am a bartender and i see the effects every weekend. some of the people due drink and then think they can keep up with school of their week day life but i am more curious on why they have decided that this lifestyle is the right decision for them. also if the alcohol is the only factor that is hindering their memory. i looked at the aspect of stress and coping and the psychological effects that it has on memory. it is a very good read but one thing that can be looked into further is if the stress leads to the bad choices on the weekend or if the stress caused the memory be forgotten then drinking came after and further destroyed it.

    http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=buy.optionToBuy&uid=2010-03383-011

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  5. Very good point made in this article, and I think it’s still a highly underrated issue considering how long this has been going on. Not to mention that binge drinking alcohol culture is more accepted throughout society today relative to other potentially less harmful recreational drugs. This being said, I found an article attempting to prove that in fact, like you said, alcohol consumption and schooling performance have a close relationship. This study by Royce A. Singleton and Amy R. Wolfson (2009) shows how “alcohol use among college students is related to sleep–wake patterns and further [supports] the connection between alcohol use and grades.”

    Singleton, R. A., & Wolfson, A. R. (2009). Alcohol Consumption, Sleep, and Academic Performance Among College Students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 70(3), 355-363. doi:10.15288/jsad.2009.70.355

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