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(Washington Post)   Binge- drinking students happier than others, study finds   ( divider line
    More: Obvious, American Sociological Association, racial minorities, liberal arts colleges  
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2012-08-20 08:29:43 AM  
3 votes:
More than five drinks at a time, during a fortnight. In those studies, a "drink" is often 0.25l (8.5 oz) or beer or the equivalent. So if you're drinking three pints in an evening, you're already in the "let's streak across the quad!" group. They should've done this study with a few more levels of "binge-ness", and see if the happiness coefficient continues along with drunktardness.

/As a Bavarian, I probably had single beer vessels that took me straight into binge territory
2012-08-20 09:29:19 AM  
2 votes:

Animatronik: If you want real happiness, live in moderation.

Well that's a moderate amount of bullshiat. Moderation in moderation too--people cannot know what moderation means for themselves unless they occasionally push their own boundaries. A lifetime of steady-state neutrality sucks compared to a life full of euphoric peaks and occasional maudlin valleys.
2012-08-20 03:42:29 PM  
1 vote:

Rich Cream: beta_plus: //they're called 6 packs for a reason

Because they have six cans?

/so you can share?

Sharing? That's why I buy two of them.

/don't ever call me cheap
2012-08-20 12:53:10 PM  
1 vote:
I'm pretty sure new heroin addicts are "happy" too.
2012-08-20 10:42:43 AM  
1 vote:
I'm binge drinking right now, so I'm getting a hic
2012-08-20 09:56:12 AM  
1 vote:
But the really, really happy students are the daily PCP-smokers.
2012-08-20 09:50:15 AM  
1 vote:

natmar_76: Also dumber. Alcohol destroys dendrites, reducing electrical activity in the brain of alcoholics. In short, it reduces your ability to think and function. Nothing wrong with drinking, but it should be done in moderation, and binge drinking isn't.

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2012-08-20 09:16:19 AM  
1 vote:

Bell-fan: Last i checked the real goal for most people attending college was to get a farking education.

So when did "being happy" trump the importance of "getting an education"?

Seriously, who gives a fark about how "happy" you are while attending college? In fact I'd love for them to then compare the GPA's of the students. How well did the binge drinkers do in terms of that... or in terms of getting their degrees and earning potential compared to the people that didn't binge drink?

Seriously... shiat like this just pisses me off. Valuing something temporary and meaningless over something with real value and worth. Not saying that happiness isn't important... but fark it all... stop it with the bullshiat frat boy attitude and start taking the college opportunity seriously

I'd actually expect it to be a bell curve, where people who went out on occasion to blow some steam performed better than miserable kids who stay/sleep in the library studying all day. Diminishing returns and all that. Besides, you're squandering a lot of valuable opportunities in college if youre living it like an ascetic monk.
2012-08-20 09:09:37 AM  
1 vote:

SweetDickens: As a student five beers is just the start of the day day starts ....oh.........12ish.......

As a self-employed adult, my day starts whenever the hell I want it to, and I also have beer for breakfast. I can't walk into the world 100% sober. I find that a two-beer breakfast keeps me from being annoyed. Keep in mind that you're not supposed to actually be drunk at breakfast - just enough to keep a grin on your face.

A notable breakfast beer: Abita Purple Haze. I normally don't go for beers brewed with fruit, but it tastes almost like a soda and just goes down so smooth while taking a shower. That's right. Showerbeer. Great morning brew that's easy on the stomach. Some people drink soda or sweet juices to get them going; I drink beer.

/well-oiled, astoundingly engineered, remorseless drinking machine
2012-08-20 08:50:23 AM  
1 vote:
Binge drinking is linked to alcoholism later in life in some fraction of people who do it in college. And regular consumption of large quantities of alcohol really stresses your vital organs over time.

Life is a marathon, not a sprint, so keep that in mind when considering what's important in terms of social interactions and habits in college and beyond. If you want real happiness, live in moderation.
2012-08-20 08:22:42 AM  
1 vote:
Chances are these students get more action, have more social interactions, and sleep more. Shocking they'd be happier.
2012-08-20 08:20:44 AM  
1 vote:
OW, My balls.
2012-08-20 08:19:36 AM  
1 vote:
Well, duh.

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