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.