BINGE drinking among students is on the rise in Spain and could be causing problems in the classroom.

Researchers have discovered that students who drink heavily scored lower on a verbal learning test.

Increasing amounts of binge drinking – defined as more than five alcoholic drinks for men and four for women at a time – is affecting classroom performance.

According to Maria Parada, at the Santiago de Compostela university, the main finding was ‘a clear association between binge drinking and a lower ability to learn new verbal information in healthy college students.’

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a safe level of drinking for men is two drinks per day and for women is one drink per day.

However, a recent Ministry of Health survey revealed that 50 per cent of teenagers are now getting drunk, a noticeable increase from the past.

In fact as the ‘botellon’ phenomenon – young people meeting in outdoor places to drink – continues, college students have the opportunity to booze for hours, an activity that was unheard of with their parents’ generation.

Binge drinking can also lead to long-term liver damage, brain damage and heart disease.


  1. Hello Chris… sounds like you need another drink!?
    As described in a more recent article, alcoholism within the teen-age young – older generation is a social and costly problem.
    It’s the JOB of the Police to enforce the law against such acts.. so if you DUI when 21 in your Porsche 911 Turbo,
    if DUI when 45 in your BMW, if DUI when 60 in your Lambo or Ferrari, DUI at 65+ on your hump-back camel in Dubai, etc. -you’d be a BIG danger to yourself but mostly OTHERS who the public really cares about.

  2. Another drink is always welcome, Joe, especially when the inmates are ever more in charge of the asylum.

    It would seem you didn’t read this article very closely–there’s not a word in it about drunk driving, which seems to be the gist of your posting. It’s about making alcohol consumption per se a bogeyman. Believe me, I know whereof I speak: I’ve been following this social engineering idiocy in the US for the past 30 years. Do you know what it’s led to? More–not less–extreme drinking and more needless deaths. Is this NIAAA a Spanish organization? It sound suspiciously like an American neoprohibitionist entity.

    BTW, the construct of “binge” drinking and the arbitrary number of drinks attached to it is pure nonsense. Like secondhand smoke or the “epidemic” of obesity, it’s a made-up fear designed to frighten the rubes…

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