NCBI ROFL: Scientific study gives green light to drinking before GREs!

By ncbi rofl | February 24, 2011 7:00 pm

The effects of binge drinking on college students’ next-day academic test-taking performance and mood state.

“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 (>or=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(c) (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.

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  • Diana

    So this confirms that I’m not as smart as I thought and it wasn’t the few shots of tequila I drank the night before presenting the GRE (to relax, you see) the reason why I didn’t get 1800 points. Damn it!

  • http://www.misscellania.com/ Miss Cellania

    I fell asleep during the GRE, which is why I’m a blogger thirty years later instead of a psychology professor. I should’ve had a couple of belts.

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