Students who drink more alcohol have lower GPAs, according to a new study. Aside from time spent studying, the most reliable predictor of academic success was alcohol consumption.
Measuring for Success
Researchers surveyed 13.900 incoming college freshmen and discovered that there are activities that can be used to measure future success in school. Time spent partying with alcohol was found to be a factor in significantly decreasing GPA. Even compared to other non-studious activities, like social media usage, drinking was still the bigger factor, which surprised the researchers.
Findings even held up when researchers narrowed their focus onl to elite schools.
Volunteer Work’s Positive Effect
The only differences noted by the study occurred when alcohol consumption rates were complemented by positive activities like volunteering. Students who engaged in volunteer work or some other extra-curricular activities didn’t appear to have the same negative GPA aspect. This could be because the effects of positive activities instill a greater sense of responsibility towards schoolwork and achievement.
Startling Drop in Study Hours
The study found that on average, college students study just 7.25 hours a week, which is a significant drop from the 1960′s when students spent 24 hours a week on coursework outside of class and even 2005 when 11 hours per week were spent on homework.
What Do You Think?
While social media has been a soft target for those who decry the fall of the American student into mediocrity, could alcohol be the bigger culprit? Let’s hear your thoughts on the subject.