Sunday, May 2, 2010

THE FINAL BLOG: Abstract and Bibliography


Binge drinking is a national epidemic that plagues even our nation's most esteemed universities. Its consequences affect not only the social aspects of college life, but the cultural and legal aspects as well. This paper introduces binge drinking, but also comments and expands upon the idea of a lower drinking age solving all the problems that accompany college binge drinking. This paper uses the views of John McCardell, founder of the Amethyst Initiative, as well as M.A.D.D., and many experts in the social policy field to frame the debate and provide sound evidence that a lower drinking age could possibly be the very solution the nation has been searching for. However, the main focus of the paper's argument is on changing the social and cultural perceptions of drinking i order to welcome the lower drinking age. Examples are used from Malcolm Gladwell's studies regarding the Camba tribe of Bolivia, Victoria Orrego Dunleavy's studies on Deviant versus Mainstream Behavior, and Rutgers' own Professor Richard Ludescher to support the idea that the drinking culture must be changed.


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Dowdall, George W.. (underlined) (College Drinking: Reframing a Social Problem). Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 2009.

Dunleavy, Victoria Orrego. "An Examination of Descriptive and Injunctive Norm Influence on Intention to get Drunk." Communication Quarterly 56.4 (2008): 468-487. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 21 Apr. 2010.

Gladwell, Malcolm. "Annals of Anthropology: Drinking Games." (underlined) (The New Yorker). February 15 & 22, 2010: 70-76.

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Leppel, Karen. "College Binge Drinking: Deviant Versus Mainstream Behavior." American Journal of Drug & Alcohol Abuse 32.4 (2006): 519-525. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web 7 Apr. 2010.

Miller, John J.. "The Case Against 21." National Review Online. April 19, 2007.

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Wechsler, Henry, Dowdall, George, Maenner, Gretchen, Gledhill-Hoyt, Jeana, and Hang Lee, “Changes in binge drinking and related problems among American college students between 1993 and 1997: Results of the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study”, Journal of American College Health

1 comment:

  1. The reasons college students drink often and too much are 2-fold:

    1) Just like a hungry eater at a buffet, when students are surrounded by lots of liquor at a party and enjoy a small amount of it to start with, there's nothing really telling them to stop. Its like a dog and chocolate.

    2) When your peers drink often and frequently, the social norms adjust. If a student stood out for their excessive drinking, yes, it would be clear they have a problem. But being around lots of drinkers i.e. in the Greek world, it seems totally okay.

    Should the Greek world ban drinking because of the increasing # of cases of alcohol related death each year, or is this not enough reason to?