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Spring Breakers Beware: Psychological Science Explores Excess Drinking

South Beach, Cancun, and other warm destinations are beckoning many college students as spring break descends across the United States and Canada. The annual trek to sunny beaches offers a change of pace from students’ academic lives, but it also tempts many freshly minted adults to engage in alcohol-fueled hedonism.

Researchers have a long history of examining both the psychological lure and effects of binge drinking. They’ve found that the science of drinking is highly complex, with a mix of genetic and situational influences driving behavioral outcomes.

Here is a sample of this research from the Association for Psychological Science:

 

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