Just a few of the sneakier statistics clarified. Maths is certainly not my strong point, so I might bugger this up, but take a look.
"... When you find out that 30% of students are drinking, 32.1% of those are "binge drinking" (seriously, that makes me laugh) and 4% of those are "binge drinking" regularly, you need to understand that this is a small number."
> As in roughly 0.38% of respondents. Seriously. Remember this is with them defining binge drinking as "5 or more drinks in a sitting".
"... Which also showed that about 37 per cent of drinkers had their first drink between the ages of six and 11 (so 37% of 54% of 46% said they had their first drink between those ages. Time to panic!)."
> Roughly 9%, going with the generous assumption of 46%. Roughly 6% going with the "30%" they toss out earlier. So that's 6% of respondents having had their first drink between the ages of 6 and 11... but making no mention of whether or not that resulted in their drinking regularly. This is no small beer... pun intended.
Just a brief taste of the sorts of crap you can expect to face whenever sensationalist newspapers try to over-hype statistics to make you nice and afraid. Think about how many people 0.38% of all American Middle and High School students actually is.
I'll be blunt here. It's not statistically relevant. This is something more people need to understand.
7 years, 10 months ago
22 May 2011 09:31 CEST