If you needed proof that FOMO is indeed real, look no further. A study recently released in the journal Addiction set out to see if there’s a correlation between the number of drinks one consumes when compared to how many friends are present at the happy hour. As we suspected, the two factors are directly related. Both men and women are more likely to drink more alcoholic beverages when they have multiple friends accompanying them at the bar. Which solidifies one of our favorite old sayings, the more the merrier!

This is one of the first studies of its kind, surveying 200 Swiss young adults in real time, while they were out at the bar with their friends via their smart phones. The correlation of the number of drinks and the number of friends at the bar was found to be more prevalent among men. Scientists believe this cause is all linked to factors such as peer pressure and the “cowardly” stereotypical image that comes along with turning down a drink.

However, it only seems logical to us that you wouldn’t want to cut short a night out when so many of your friends are throwing one back. So, now that we have been forewarned by science, be sure to be a little bit more vigilant when popping bottles with a big group of friends, drink in moderation and avoid that hangover that’s bound to come around at 7AM.