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: