Drinking games are not new.
But in recent years, they’ve become increasingly popular with college students.
In 2016, more than 8.2 million people ages 13 to 24 consumed some form of alcohol at some point, according to a report released this year by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
And according to the American College Health Association, binge drinking has become the leading cause of death among people age 65 and older, a group that is expected to double by 2060.
The college drinking game was invented by the Harvard researchers, who had an unusual challenge: Students weren’t drinking regularly enough to qualify for the game.
But they could still get high on the buzz and get hooked.
When the researchers first introduced the game in 2006, they discovered that the majority of college students had used the drink for a single drinking session.
“We thought that we were going to have to make it more fun,” said Robert Pappalardo, the lead author of the report and a professor of psychology at Northeastern University.
But the researchers also knew that the game was relatively simple and that students would often drink in small groups.
So, they started adding elements like “play” and “couple” to the game, and the game became increasingly popular.
A study of more than 1,500 students at the University of Minnesota found that more than half of students played the game at least once.
That included two hours a week for at least a week and a half, and for more than a week.
In fact, some students drank up to six times a week at their most recent binge.
In the latest study, conducted by researchers at the Institute of Child Health and Development at the City University of New York, more students used the game than ever before.
The researchers found that the number of college-aged students who played the drink grew by nearly 50 percent between 2012 and 2016.
In addition to binge drinking, binge-eating and drug use have become the top risks for people ages 18 to 24, according the study.
And those risks increased from 2016 to 2018.
In 2018, binge eating accounted for 19.6 percent of all binge-related deaths among people ages 12 to 24.
And more than 20 percent of binge-induced deaths among students age 18 to 23 were alcohol-related.
More drinking, more deaths In the new report, the researchers analyzed data from a nationwide sample of nearly 1,000 students at four colleges in the U.S. In each case, the participants were interviewed about their drinking habits, including whether they had used alcohol in the previous week and if so, how much.
The participants also reported the type of drink they had consumed in the past week and whether they used a cocktail or wine or beer.
The drinking games used by the researchers involved four drinking games: 1) A “beverage game” with a glass of water, 2) A wine and/or beer game, 3) A soft drink game with a sip of water and a shot, and 4) a soft drink and/ or beer game with the same amount of water as a shot.
The players were told that if they drank, they were getting high.
For every two drinks they drank that week, they would receive a shot of whiskey or a shot or a drink that was equivalent to a shot (less than a half-drink).
The researchers measured the number and types of drinks that participants consumed in each drinking game.
For example, if they were drinking a cocktail and consumed two drinks, the game counted two drinks.
If they were only drinking a soft-drinks game, they did not.
They also compared the drinking behavior of participants who played a game of the four drinking game types with participants who did not play the game and the number, type and number of drinks consumed in those games.
The research shows that the amount of alcohol consumed in drinking games varies significantly, and that those who play more games and drink less are at increased risk for alcohol-induced death.
In their report, researchers say they found that binge-drinking among college students was the leading risk factor for alcohol use-related death, and they found no correlation between the amount or type of drinking games and the likelihood of binge drinking.
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The study also looked at the effects of the drinks and drinks of different types of drinking.
For instance, the students who were drinking the most shots were more likely to have died in the study than those who were not drinking that much.
Students who played more games were more than twice as likely to die as those who played less games.
And students who drank more wine were about five times more likely than those drinking less wine to die.
What about the future?
The researchers are planning to continue their research to see if there is a way to tweak the games so that they are less risky and more socially acceptable.