Student Alcohol Usage Predicts GPA

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.

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By Lachlan Hardy


Christopher M.
Christopher M.5 years ago

I study sociology
I got student loans
The future's so bad
I gotta get stoned

I gotta get stoned

Scott P.
Terry C5 years ago

And why do you think GW Bush had a 1.8? Wait, was that his GPA or blood alcohol content?

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim6 years ago


Michael John Pa L.

The student can know whether he needs improvement or he has enough grades to support his qualification for college.
GPA Calculator

Janet K.
Janet K6 years ago

So what? They aren't going to get jobs anyway!

Cindy B.
Cindy B6 years ago

Since most college kids do drink, those who don't drink at all might have better grades but would probably not be as well-rounded (and ultimately successful?) as those who drink and socialize responsibly. I think it's true that kids whose parents warned them direly re the dangers of drink are probably more likely to lose control and drink to excess, than ones whose parents taught them to sensibly imbibe.

I was raised in a dry county and consistently warned that alcohol led to instant ruin and degradation (used only by felons, drug addicts, perverts, etc.) -- and I believed it! When I found that this was not the case, I did my best to "get even" and make up for lost time, LOL.... Cheers and Salut!

Claire M.
Claire M6 years ago

Yes they do but honestly when have they not?

Lynn C.
Lynn C6 years ago

Yeah, those tests are tough when you have a hangover..

Mikaila H.
Mikaila H6 years ago

I do think that alcohol can be a major distraction for studying, and that people should only drink in moderation at all stages of their life. Of coarse it's good to have a social life and to take a break, but you don't have to be hammered to have fun. Besides, you can save alot of money not buying alcohol, and that money should go into savings so they can travel, or put it towards accomodation or their schooling. They'd have alot less debt some of them if they put drinking on hold.

Cindy H.
Cindy Hildebrand6 years ago

I have to agree that my grades dropped as I started partying more. We I went back to school after some time off, I performed much better and I believe that the less alcohol one drinks, the better they will do in school. I also know some straight A students who liked to drink but I believe they could have perfomed even better had they lowered their consumption. I also believe there are many factors at play but alcohol can only hinder ones studies.