Rather than curbing their drinking habits, college students are trying to curb consequences by using “protective strategies.” While this idea in theory sounds like it ensures safety of those drinking, the study focused on better understanding this concept has tied these strategies to¬†greater alcohol use. Lead author Melissa A. Lewis out of the University of Washington and her colleagues have studied almost 900 college students and their drinking behaviors. Online surveys of the students asked them about drinking, “protective” strategies, and consequences. One of the most surprising findings was that “the more harm reduction and limiting/stopping strategies a student employed, the more he or she tended to drink on that day, and the greater the consequences, the researchers found.”

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