Binge drinking in college may jeopardize job prospects later
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Binge drinking in college may jeopardize job prospects later

Life in college is often considered a freewheeling phase for students, with unrestrained freedom to indulge in any and every activity they fancy. Campus life is a dream period for students with all-round revelries being an integral part of their routine, along with studies. Drinking with a peer group is one of the novelties students enjoy while in college.

However, a recent study, by researchers from the Tel Aviv University and Cornell University, claims that binge drinking during college life can hamper job prospects for students once they graduate. The study, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology in August 2017, found that heavy drinking six times a month reduces the prospects for a fresh college graduate to land a job by 10 percent.

The study, funded by the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) with a stimulus of $2.2 million grant, is part of a longitudinal study to gauge the effects of alcohol consumption by students on their employment status or the transition from student-to-work-life. The researchers surveyed more than 16,000 individuals for over a period of five years for their study.

The latest research is a step further from earlier studies, which could not predict the exact effect of alcohol consumption on first-time employment. However, the study is able to predict an exact figure for this. It said that each episode of binge drinking by a student during a month-long period diminishes the odds of securing a full-time employment upon graduation by 1.4 percent.

“The manner in which students drink appears to be more influential than how much they drink when it comes to predicting the likelihood of getting a job upon graduation,” said study co-author Prof. Peter Bamberger of TAU’s Coller School of Business Management and Cornell University.

Another research author, Prof. Bacharach said, “This paper is consistent with the recent emphasis on the impact of drinking behavior on career transition from Cornell’s Smithers Institute.”

Key takeaways

Some of the key findings of the study are as follows:

  • Findings revealed that a non-binge pattern of drinking does not adversely affect job search results unless and until their drinking reaches binge levels.
  • Those binge drinking four times a month have a 6 percent lower probability of landing a job compared to a student who does not engage in similar drinking.
  • Drinking heavily for six times a month reduces students’ employment probability by 10 percent.

What is binge drinking?

Binge drinking is different for a woman and a man. According to the NIAAA, for a woman, it is drinking four or more alcoholic drinks within two hours, while for a man, it is drinking five or more alcoholic drinks within two hours.

Finding treatment for alcoholism

More people die of alcoholism than most other causes every year in the world, including the United States. Chronic and severe alcoholism is always fatal. If you have a loved one grappling with alcoholism, seek immediate help before symptoms exacerbate.

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