Monday, November 12, 2012

Today in science: drinking before you drink means you drink more

Swiss scientists, having finished their work with hadron colliders and such, are now working on figuring out what happens when you pre-game.  Their findings:

Young adults who engage in pre-drinking, also called pre-gaming, are more likely to drink heavily over the course of an evening than those who don't pre-drink.

I do have to give them credit for coming up with the term pre-drinking, because it sounds more responsible than pre-gaming, so I'm going to steal that.

Pre-drinking involves drinking alcohol at home or in a public place, such as a park

Thank you for the helpful example of a public place.  To further elucidate that point, here is a picture of a park, which is a public place where rebellious youths often engage in the pre-drinking of alcohol.

The study also found that those who pre-drank were more likely to suffer risky or unfavorable consequences of drinking, such as blackouts, hangovers, unplanned substance abuse

That sounds planned to me, yes?

Pre-gaming doesn't reduce how much alcohol people drink

Hard-hitting science journalism at its best.

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