Binge Drinking May Lower Your Ability to Get a Job

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A recent study conducted by researchers at Tel Aviv University and Cornell University in New York and published in the Journal of Applied Psychology suggests binge drinking in college can reduce the chances of landing a job after graduation by as much as 10 percent. According to researchers, this is the first study to determine the effect of alcohol consumption on first-time employment.

This research suggests drinking habits – the manner in which a student drinks – have a substantial impact on whether he or she is able to find a job after graduating. "Binge-drinking" is defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as four or more alcoholic drinks within two hours in women and five or more alcoholic drinks within two hours in men.

For the study, researchers examined data from 827 students who graduated from Cornell University, the University of Washington, the University of Florida, and the University of Michigan in 2014, 2015, and 2016. They discovered that binge-drinking four times a month reduces the probability of finding a job after graduation by 6 percent and binge-drinking six times per month decreases employment probability by 10 percent.

Sourced from: Tel Aviv University