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Did drinking in college affect your grades negatively?

  1. Feb 9, 2012 #1
    To those of you who did drink in college would you say that drinking affected your grades negatively. I'm asking because I know some people who drink but not often and they still get good grades. I also know some people who waste all of there time drinking and need to cheat to get good grades. What was your experience?
     
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  3. Feb 9, 2012 #2

    wukunlin

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    Re: Drinking in College?

    I study when I'm supposed to study, and flush my brains out with alcohol during holidays
     
  4. Feb 9, 2012 #3

    Pengwuino

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    I never drank but I've known people throughout the spectrum. You can drink without having it affect your grades. There are also people who go overboard and flunk out of college and everything in between.
     
  5. Feb 10, 2012 #4

    Borg

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    There was a bar near my college that had some very unique mugs displayed on a shelf. I later found out that they were awarded to customers who took ten years to graduate. I actually knew one guy that took that long but his excuse was that he kept changing majors every time that he got close to completing a degree.
     
  6. Feb 10, 2012 #5

    jim hardy

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    i would say i did myself harm that i did not understand until my late forties..

    if it becomes an escape mechanism - watch out.
     
  7. Feb 10, 2012 #6

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    I don't drink during the semester because I feel it negatively affects my performance, however slight. Since I enjoy the taste of beer so much, I've gotten non-alcoholic versions before just to whet the ol' whistle.

    I tell myself I'll have a beer or two when I get "caught-up," but in reality, even when I'm done with all my homework that's due, there's always more to understand and I'd feel guilty about not studying. So, I don't ever really feel like I'm caught-up. :frown:
     
  8. Feb 10, 2012 #7
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    I never drink, but I get mediocre grades anyways, so yeah
     
  9. Feb 10, 2012 #8

    DaveC426913

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    Drinking will not affect your grades (unless you study while drunk or try to take an exam while drunk).

    But excessive drinking is certainly associated with irresponsible, partying behavior, which is associated with not studying, not going to classes, and eating and sleeping poorly.

    In other words, excessive drinking affecting grades is a symptom of an overarching behavioral issue.

    If a susceptible person were denied drink (voluntarily or involuntarily), that does not mean they would not find 19 other ways to engage in bad habits that affect their grades.
     
  10. Feb 12, 2012 #9
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    I think you said it all in your first post. Some drink too much and ruin things and neglect important responsibilities or rationalize their mediocrity while some can do it occassionally and be fine. As with most things, moderation is key and moderation is about achieving your own personal balance or equilibrium. One man's moderate drinking may be anothers downfall. It is all about what you tihnk you can control and how you can regulate it.
     
  11. Feb 12, 2012 #10

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/dec/29/binge-drinking-brain-damage-study
     
  12. Feb 12, 2012 #11

    cristo

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    It's important to have a work-life balance while in university so, no, I don't think drinking affected my grades.
     
  13. Feb 17, 2012 #12
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    I don't think so that drinking affect grades negatively...Drinking has no relation with grades..It doesn't affect on your grade whether you drank or not..
     
  14. Feb 17, 2012 #13
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    Not at all. My best semesters where junior and senior years, and trust me, I definitely drank my fair share in college. I went on Wed, Thurs, Fri, and Sat some weeks. Amazes me now how I used to do it.
     
  15. Feb 17, 2012 #14
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    You don't need alcohol to have work-life balance.
     
  16. Feb 21, 2012 #15
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    Drinking and grades are two separate things. There is no correlation between them afaik.
     
  17. Feb 21, 2012 #16

    Pengwuino

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    Walk into a test drunk and show me how well that theory works out :wink:
     
  18. Feb 21, 2012 #17

    dlgoff

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    When I was a sophomore walking to speech class, after a weekend of beer drinking, and I couldn't remember the speech I was to give. I quit drinking from that day for 9 years.

    Affect grades? Hell yes.
     
  19. Feb 23, 2012 #18
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    Out of curiosity, what grade did you get for that eloquent speech of yours?

    I presume you wrote that while drunk?

    As for my opinion... I've had a single beer in my life, and found it disgusting. There are plenty of people who swear it's something you have to 'learn' to like, but I don't really see any reason to. A good wine, on the other hand... :approve: But, no, I've never been drunk. I think.
     
  20. Feb 23, 2012 #19

    dlgoff

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    Eloquently speaking, I remember shaking like a leaf. IIRC, the grade was a D.
     
  21. Feb 23, 2012 #20

    Ivan Seeking

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    I heard a great quote today: "I didn't have a problem. I only drank when I was alone or with someone."
     
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