Binge Drinkers Are The Most Popular In Their Group of Friends

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 07/17/2014 | 02:00 PM EDT

Study discovers correlation between bingers and their social status

Apparently you can drink your way to the top of the food chain, according to a new study.

Conducted by a postdoctoral fellow at Canada's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the study found that men and women who drank more frequently had a higher status within their group of friends. The results were more noticeable in men than women, the study says.


In an attempt to find correlations between young adults' drinking habits and their social statuses, researchers studied 357 young adults who were headed to bars in Ontario between May and July 2012. They asked participants how much binge episodes - which included the number of drinks consumed, and how often these episodes happened - influenced their opinions of friends.

While it determined that those more likely to drink came out on top of their social hierarchy, after a certain point, participants no longer thought binge drinking was "cool.” However, participants who regularly consume more than 12 drinks on one occasion did not have any more popularity than others, and in some cases, had lower popularity.

Research from 2012 found that college students who binge drink were in general happier than those who didn't. However, drinking hard is thought to directly contribute to accidental injuries, murders and suicides, which happen to be the three leading causes of death.


Drinking in excess kills about 88,000 people a year, according to the CDC. Bingers are also more likely to report doing poorly in school, using drugs and being victims of sexual assault and suicide attempts.

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