A new study presented at the American Sociological Association meet in Denver on Monday revealed that students who regularly indulge in binge drinking claimed that they were happier when compared to their sober classmates.
The study was conducted by researchers at Colgate University who conducted a survey of more than 1,500 students of whom more than 64 percent indulged in binge drinking.
The researchers said that one of the reasons for binge drinking could be the desire to be accepted in a high status group of friends.
"Binge drinking is a symbolic proxy for higher social status in college and is correspondingly related to greater social satisfaction. Binge drinking may also be a prerequisite for receiving the full benefits of high status group membership", lead researcher Carolyn Hsu said.