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Greek students are going to get blackout wasted and there’s not much you can do to stop them, a new study finds.
No shit, Sherlock.
The study, published by the American Psychological Association, said that intervention programs are normally productive for the majority of the college population. However, when it comes to Greek Life, the programs don’t do anything. Like, nothing at all.
From the Science Daily:
Alcohol use is common among U.S. college students, but especially among those in fraternities and sororities, according to the study. It also notes that members of the Greek system consume higher quantities of alcohol, report more frequent drinking and experience more alcohol-related consequences compared to students outside the Greek system.
[Lori] Scott-Sheldon said she and her colleagues were surprised by the findings. ‘We expected that providing Greek members with a thoughtfully designed and carefully administered alcohol intervention would reduce consumption and problems relative to no intervention,’ she said.
One reason for the unexpected findings could be the nature of fraternity and sorority life, said Scott-Sheldon. Changing patterns of alcohol use by members of these organizations may be more difficult than changing them among regular university students because these students are part of an environment in which alcohol plays a central social role.
I mean, you’re not wrong about any of this. Alcohol is delicious and fun and you have to drink if you want to be cool. It’s the only way. I just don’t see why we needed a comprehensive study about this.
I do have a theory as to why this is happening though. Trust me, I took biology twice my freshman year and got a C+ on it the second time, so I know a thing or two about science. Maybe when you show us those vids featuring shitty geed actors who have never drank before trying to “act drunk,” then it gets tough to take you seriously. I think the only thing I learned from those videos / programs is the difference between a brownout and a blackout. So, ya know, thanks?
The researchers say 80 percent of those students surveyed were fraternity members, so additional research is needed. Again, not sure what you’re expecting to get out of this, but godspeed. Maybe one day you’ll figure out how to not get Greek members to drink. I doubt it, but keep doing you..