Drinking on Campus

March 20, 1998 • Volume 8, Issue 11
Can colleges get it under control?
By Karen Lee Scrivo

Introduction

An underage drinker mixes drinks at a spring break party in Ocean City, Md. (Photo Credit: Johnathan Summers, Times Community Newspapers)
An underage drinker mixes drinks at a spring break party in Ocean City, Md. (Photo Credit: Johnathan Summers, Times Community Newspapers)

Alcohol-related deaths at several schools in recent months, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have prompted many administrators to take tougher stands on student drinking. The tragedies – often involving “binge” drinking – underscore how available alcohol is, even to students under 21, and how much drinking is a part of campus life, especially among fraternity and sorority members. School administrators say the nation's minimum drinking age presents them with two equally unappealing options: banning alcohol and running the risk of out-of-control off-campus parties, or looking the other way at underage drinking while trying to teach students responsible behavior. Administrators and health officials agree, however, that alcohol abuse is a communitywide affliction, not merely a campus problem.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Teens and Alcohol
Aug. 18, 2006  Drinking on Campus
Mar. 15, 2002  Preventing Teen Drug Use
Mar. 20, 1998  Drinking on Campus
Jul. 28, 1995  Preventing Teen Drug Use
Mar. 13, 1992  Underage Drinking
May 15, 1981  Teen-Age Drinking
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
Drug Abuse
Substance Abuse
Undergraduate and Graduate Education