Binge Drinking and Risky Sex among College Students

Hot off the press from NBER, I was particularily interested in one of the main conclusions from the abstract:

Results from a rudimentary instrumental variables strategy and accounting for whether sex is immediately preceded by alcohol use suggest that binge drinking directly leads to risky sex. Some binge drinking-induced promiscuity seems to occur among students, especially males, involved in long-term relationships

I could have told you that without doing any econometrics!

Note: I have read nothing but the abstract so can’t comment on the actual econometrics carried out!

7 replies
  1. Jason
    Jason says:

    Alcohol can be a mans best friend or a mans worst nightmare lol. I definitely agree that alcohol does make you do more riskier things than you normally would do sober that is for sure!

  2. steve
    steve says:

    surely the econometrics might be useful. there must be a curve where alcohol increases ‘risky sex’ to a point but after that it decreases substantially. i.e. when he can’t perform or when his alcoholism makes him completely unattractive to females. that way we could find the optimal drinking level. haha

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