Study Shows Alcohol Consumption Increases When Students Study Abroad

Young adults are bound to party during their college years, but new research from the University of Washington (UW) suggests that studying abroad can do more harm than good to students’ health. The report shows that American students are more likely to drink heavily while visiting a foreign country. Increased alcohol intake over time can result in addiction. Alcohol rehabilitation centers can help individuals and their loved ones suffering from this dependency.

In the most recent issue of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, UW graduate student Eric Pederson recently reported that students doubled their alcohol intake while away. The study examined 177 participants over the course of three to five months as they studied abroad.

“We hear stories in the media and elsewhere about students going abroad, drinking too much and getting into trouble,” said Pederson. “But no one has ever measured this risky drinking behavior and there are no published studies of prevention strategies before they go abroad,” he added.

Alcoholism is a chronic disease that can develop as a result of genetic, environmental and psychosocial factors, according to the Journal of American Medical Association. Alcohol rehabilitation centers can help individuals eliminate their dependency over time.