College drunks report being more happy

Passed out college student after binge drinking 
By: John Roberts 

Students who say that they belong to the drinkers club report being happier than the average student, according to a new college study.

The charm of the funnel of beer for college students may have less to do with the need of a buzz and more to do with a desire for social status, the new research shows.

College students who binge drink, report being happier with their social lives than their non-binge drinkers, according to the new study presented on August 20 at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

The higher the social status of the student, the more likely they were to drink heavily.

The study looked at students in one liberal arts college in the Northeast, but it could help explain why schools tend to have consistent levels of binge drinking at some time, said researcher Carolyn Hsu, a sociologist at the University Colgate in New York.

"I guess it has to do with feeling that you belong rather than whether or not doing what a “real" college student does," said Hsu.

Excessive alcohol consumption is defined as downing four or more drinks in one sitting for women and five or more drinks for men. For the purposes of this study, students were classified as binge drinkers if they binge drank once every two weeks or more.

Hsu and his colleagues surveyed 1,595 college students at a small liberal arts college in the Northeast. As part of agreeing to the study the college wanted to remain anonymous.