college drinkingA trio of economists sought the answer to a question just about everyone else has known for a long time: Will getting drunk a lot while you're in college perhaps impact your academic performance?

Their paper, "Does Drinking Impair College Performance? Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Approach," concludes that "drinking causes significant reductions in academic performance, particularly for the highest-performing students. This suggests that the negative consequences of alcohol consumption extend beyond the narrow segment of the population at risk of more severe, low-frequency, outcomes."

The researchers looked at the drinking patterns and academic performance of 3,884 students at the United States Air Force Academy.

By contrast, there is quite a bit of evidence to suggest that working during college does not impact academic performance.

The solution? Have your kid get a part-time job while he's in school. That way he'll have less time for drinking -- and he can use the money to help graduate debt-free!

Zac Bissonnette's Debt-Free U: How I Paid For An Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, Or Mooching Off My Parents was called "best and most troubling book ever about the college admissions process" by The Washington Post.

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Zac, well, you know, I withdrew from college because I couldnt get laid with a girl at all. Needlessly to tell you , I am damn disappointed!

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