The college lifestyle is for lack of a better word disgusting and can be a breeding ground for germs and all types of bacteria. The accumulation of those microorganisms takes a dangerous turn when it's found in the cup your drinking.

Student researchers from Clemson University examined ping pong balls used in beer pong games around campus this past homecoming weekend. To no surprise of the researchers, balls were riddled with e.Coli, salmonella, staph and listeria, according to the Associated Press.

For those unfamiliar with the rules and regulations of the collegiate pastime, competitors stand across the table from each other with an alignment of cups filled with beer in front of them. When the opposing player sinks the ping pong ball into the cup that competitor must drink the contents.

The research team went around to large student gatherings last fall looking for beer pong games. Those playing the game were asked to switch the balls they were using for new ones. Over three million different forms of bacteria were found on the balls that had been used outside.

Further analysis of the transfer of bacteria from ball to liquid revealed that germs made their way from the slippery plastic surface of the ping pong ball into the beer quite easily.

The group's research is part of a larger initiative known as Clemson's Creative Inquiry program that food science professor Phil Dawson said is aimed towards helping students practice problem solving skills in a scientific manner.

"It's a learning experience, but I try to make it interesting and fun," Dawson said.

Although the findings of this study shouldn't be taken lightly Dawson says there no reason for fraternity brothers to cancel keg orders just yet.

"Ninety percent of bacteria are probably harmless, but by virtue of sheer numbers, you're taking a chance of getting sick," he said.