Alcohol & Academics

Alcohol can distract you from your academic goals and even impact your GPA. In fact, students who reported binge drink (men consume 5 or more drinks or women consume 4 or more drinks in about 2 hours) more than twice a week, GPA can decrease on average by .15 points.1 Negative consequences of drinking, like hangovers and generally being tired after a late night out, can cause you to lose study time and make your less prepared for your classes. One night of heavy drinking can impact your cognitive functions (concentration, memory, attention) for up to 48 hours. This means that a night of partying on Friday or Saturday night can impact your performance even while you are in class the next week.

Additionally, alcohol interrupts your sleep patterns and prevents you from entering REM sleep (NIH). REM sleep is where your brain consolidates memories and stores all the information you learned during the day. So if you drink after a hard day of work, some of your progress may be lost. If you’re interested in learning more about the effects of sleep on your body, click here.

All incoming undergraduate students are required to complete AlcoholEdu to learn more about alcohol safety. Don't delay or will get a hold on your account.

1Pascarella, E.T., Goodman, K.M., Seifert, T.A., Tagliapietra-Nicoli, G., Park, S., Whitt, E.J. (2007). College Student Binge Drinking and Academic Achievement: A Longitudinal Replication and Extension. Journal of College Student Development, 48(6), 715-727.)

Get Smart

Party Smarter

Learn how to be safe if you choose to drink including how to keep your party smart, what a standard drink is, and signs of alcohol poisoning.

Trends

Learn more about typical drinking behaviors on campus and across the country. 

Policies & Initiatives

Learn more about Georgia Tech policies related to alcohol and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Action Committee.

Resources

  • Wreckless (student organization) - provides school spirit and fun events on campus by challenging the campus culture in providing a safe alternative to the typical Georgia Tech party scene
  • Office of Student Integrity (OSI) - teaches students to make strong, integrity-filled choices and to provide a clear and fair conduct process
  • Office of the Dean of Students  - provides an opportunity to get involved on campus, learn about what’s going on around campus, and to create a great network of friends, as well as support during difficult times
  •  Counseling Center - home to the Collegiate Recovery Program, free and confidential individual and group counseling, and the many ways they can support you in relation to alcohol.