Wednesday, February 16, 2011

College Parties, Minus the Beer Binges

The Wall Street Journal, February 16, 2011

"Reports of binge drinking in college have long made headlines. As more schools offer increasingly creative alternatives to shots and beer pong, they say they see noticeable declines in drinking.
Surveys at Purdue University, for example, show a sharp drop in binge drinking among students, to 37.3% in 2009 from 48% in 2006, says Tamara Loew, health-advocacy coordinator. She attributes this in part to a boom in late-night, alcohol-free events on or around campus, from poetry slams and dances to carnivals and 'cabin-fever' parties.
Purdue senior Keith Brashaber knew there were other students like him who didn't want college to mean one big hangover. So he raised money and organized a free weekly movie program on campus instead, 'Thursday Night at the Theater,' screening films like 'Zombieland' and 'Paranormal Activity.'" Read More

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