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Los Angeles Times Discovers Swiss College Students Pregame Too

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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 29, 2004 file photo, a bartender serves two mugs of beer at a tavern in Montpelier, Vt. College-age drinkers average nine drinks when they get drunk, government health officials said Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. That surprising statistic is part of a new report highlighting the dangers of binge drinking, which usually means four to five drinks at a time. Overall, about 1 in 6 U.S. adults surveyed said they had binged on alcohol at least once in the previous month, though | AP

Last week, the Los Angeles Times discovered college students pre-game -- or as they called it, "pre-funking" -- before going out on weekends.

They call it "pre-drinking," "pre-partying" or "pre-funking," and it usually involves chugging cheap alcoholic drinks before heading out to a bar, club or sporting event.

Pre-funking! What an interesting new word, we will now use -- all the time.

The research, conducted by Addiction Info Switzerland, communicated with 250 Swiss college students about their "frontloading" through cell phone text messages. "Each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, the students were questioned hourly about how many drinks they had just consumed," the Times' Swiss college student beat writer notes.

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Researchers found that when students drank prior to going to a bar or club, they drank more than the would otherwise. On average, pre-drinking students consumed seven drinks, and students who drank only at a bar or event consumed just over four drinks.

This increased drinking was associated with a greater likelihood of blackouts, hangovers, absences from work or school or alcohol poisoning. Pre-drinkers were also found to engage more often in unintended drug use, unsafe sex, drunken driving or violent behavior.

So, in summary, a Swiss study finds college students who started drinking around 8 p.m. and then headed to the bars at 10:30 or 11 p.m., drank more than the people who just showed up at the bar at 10 p.m. And when these students were intoxicated, they were more likely to make bad choices.

If you are thinking "Honestly, what is this report?' you are not alone; it's been mocked by BroBible, Elite Daily, by journalists and various other blogs and on Twitter.

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