The effects of binge drinking on college students' next-day academic test-taking performance and mood state
Article first published online: 10 MAR 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 Society for the Study of Addiction
Volume 105, Issue 4, pages 655–665, April 2010
How to Cite
Howland, J., Rohsenow, D. J., Greece, J. A., Littlefield, C. A., Almeida, A., Heeren, T., Winter, M., Bliss, C. A., Hunt, S. and Hermos, J. (2010), The effects of binge drinking on college students' next-day academic test-taking performance and mood state. Addiction, 105: 655–665. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2009.02880.x
- Issue published online: 10 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 10 MAR 2010
- Submitted 27 July 2009; initial review completed 30 September 2009; final version accepted 29 October 2009
- Academic performance;
- binge drinking;
- mood state;
- neurocognitive performance;
Aim To assess the effects of binge drinking on students' next-day academic test-taking performance.
Design A placebo-controlled cross-over design with randomly assigned order of conditions. Participants were randomized to either alcoholic beverage [mean = 0.12 g% breath alcohol concentration (BrAC)] or placebo on the first night and then received the other beverage a week later. The next day, participants were assessed on test-taking, neurocognitive performance and mood state.
Participants A total of 196 college students (≥21 years) recruited from greater Boston.
Setting The trial was conducted at the General Clinical Research Center at the Boston Medical Center.
Measurements The Graduate Record Examinations© (GREs) and a quiz on a lecture presented the previous day measured test-taking performance; the Neurobehavioral Evaluation System (NES3) and the Psychomotor Vigilance Test (PVT) measured neurocognitive performance; and the Profile of Mood States (POMS) measured mood.
Findings Test-taking performance was not affected on the morning after alcohol administration, but mood state and attention/reaction-time were affected.
Conclusion Drinking to a level of 0.12 g% BrAC does not affect next-day test-taking performance, but does affect some neurocognitive measures and mood state.