Drinking with Friends Beneficial

Research has found that drinking with friends (rather than strangers or acquaintances) in settings where food is available greatly reduces the likelihood of heavy drinking and alcohol-related problems among college students.

The protective factors affected man and women differently. For men, the availability of food reduced the likelihood of alcohol-related problems by 90%. For women, it was having friends or roommates present that reduced the likelihood of alcohol related problems by the same amount.


  • Clapp, J.D., et al. Deconstructing contexts of binge drinking among college students. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 2000, 26, 139-154.

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