A Sober Assessment Of High-Risk Drinking On College Campuses
A few years ago, in the middle of a snowy night, an officer of the Cornell University Police Department found a shirtless young man sitting on a rock in the creek in one of our gorges, dangling his feet in the water. Asked what he thought he was doing, the student explained that he was calling a friend to pick him up. The majority of college students will never drink enough to wind up in a situation like this — or worse — but a significant minority will come close. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholisn, "about half of college student drinkers engage in heavy episodic consumption," commonly defined as downing five or more drinks in a row for men and four or more drinks for women at least once in a two-week period.
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