Alcohol problems on the rise among students, study showsThursday, 01 November 2018 10:14
The study also found that excessive alcohol consumption has not only an immediate effect, but also works in the longer term. Students who drank too much also scored an average of 11% lower in their exam grades.
“Alcohol has a major impact on the lives of problem drinkers,” said Ronny Bruffaerts of the university’s psychiatric centre. “Their psychological health suffers, they sleep badly, create nuisance problems in their surroundings, come less often to classes and so on. And it has consequences for their average marks, which are 11% lower for problem drinkers.”
If there is one cause for the increase in problem drinking, he said, it is the growing normalisation of drunkenness among young people, with the phenomena of pre-drinking – consuming alcohol at home in preparation for going out to consumer more – and binge-drinking, where a week’s worth of alcohol is consumed in one evening.
For the time being, the problem is not translating into an increase in full-blown alcoholism, which in previous years has been running at 2% to 5%. Some local authorities, including the city of Leuven with the backing of AB InBev Foundation, are creating programmes to warn young people of the dangers of what may seem to be an innocent social activity. The programme aims to reduce the number of problem drinkers among students by 10% over ten years.
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