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Impact on Academic Performance
Amount of time drinking alcohol is a predictor of academic performance in college. The only activity that is more important is the number of hours a student spends studying outside of class.

  • The number of hours college students spend studying has dropped from 25/wk in 1961 down to 15/wk in 2003 and students spend more time drinking than studying on average. (Babcock, 2009).
  • Students with an A average consumed an average of 3.4 drinks per week, while B average students consumed 4.5 drinks, C average students 6.1 drinks, and D or F students 9.8 drinks (Presley, 1996).
  • One-fourth of Cal students report academic problems due to their alcohol use, such as earning lower grades, doing poorly on exams or papers, missing classes and falling behind in their studies (CSS, 2010).

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Last revised: June 2012

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