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ERIC Number: EJ912859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-1
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0146-5945
The Drinking Game
Poe, Marshall
Policy Review, n163 Oct 2010
Americans have been wrestling with college drinking for so long that they've forgotten there was a time when they didn't. Prior to World War II there were a number of "crises" on American campuses--loutish behavior at football games, the introduction of the research-heavy "German Method," the corruption of coeds--but excessive college drinking was not among them. College drinking per se is not the problem. On the contrary, rowdy drinking serves an important identity-and community-building role in American higher education. The problem, rather, is the small minority of college drinkers who cannot drink safely. They should be the focus of treatment and, if necessary, punishment. In this article, the author shares the story of The College Drinking Game--how it got started, how it has been played, and how people might end it by seeing college drinking in a different light.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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