The bell curve of getting drunk

This is a bell curve:

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Imagine that on the X-axis we write, “Alcohol consumed”.

And on the Y-axis we write, “Benefits”.

Now, let’s label the left side of the curve, “Sober”, and the right side of the curve “Drunk”. Finally, we’ll label the top of the curve, “A bit tipsy”.

“A bit tipsy” is where all the benefits happen. It’s helps you solve difficult problems, negotiate, generate interesting ideas, and make connections with people you wouldn’t normally talk to. You don’t need alcohol to do these things, but it can help.

The challenge for the high-performing college student is to stay at the top of the bell curve inside a culture that’s trying to push her down the right side of the slope.

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