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Binge drinking and alcohol-related health problems are particularly prevalent among university students due to college culture, peer pressure, and social norms. The purpose of the current study is to investigate the relationship between alcohol consumption, quality of diet, mental distress, and neurobehaviors such as mindfulness and resilience. Research was conducted at Binghamton University through an anonymous online survey that was sent out to numerous age groups through social media platforms, which included questions relating to diet, alcohol consumption, behavior, and mental distress. The final sample of participants consisted of 151 people (72.7% female, age range = 18-29 years, 83.3% college enrolled). The data collected was then analyzed using SPSS version 25.0. The results from this study were consistent with the original hypothesis that there is a positive association between the variables examined. Through this study, it was shown that males were more likely to have 5 or more drinks on one occasion (r = -.294, p < .01). There was a positive correlation between followers of a Western Diet and consuming more than 5 drinks on one occasion (r = -.326, p < .01). Findings also indicated a significantly positive correlation between forgetting what happened the night of consuming alcohol and having feelings of guilt and remorse the next day (r = .434, p < .01). Implications for future research include developing preventative methods to reduce risk of adverse alcohol related consequences (i.e., mental distress, poor dietary patterns, reduced brain function) in university students.



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Consumption of Alcohol Among University Students Leads to a Variety of Adverse Health Effects: An Analysis of Alcohol’s Impact on the Adult Mind, Body, and Neurological Behaviors