AP: “Shot Books” Mark 21st Birthdays

Alan Schier Zagier filed an Associated Press report this morning on a new trend among Midwestern colleges and universities: women are using “shot books” to commemorate their 21st birthdays, with one shot for every year represented. A professor of psychology at the University of Missouri called these books “a real tradition”:

“Shot books are made by and for women almost exclusively, especially in sororities, according to Sher and other experts. The keepsakes come bedecked with photos, drink names, bar locales and progressively sloppier signatures – visual reminders of a night of excess few could recall on their own.”

Check out the report in the Washington Post for more details. Alcohol-related deaths among U.S. college students are rising, and it’s clear that this ritual poses a threat to the health and safety of young adults. So we’d like to hear from you: are these shot books popular on your campus or in your community? Let us know in the comments.

One Response to “AP: “Shot Books” Mark 21st Birthdays”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with education and licensing. The ageist drinking age encourages abuse of alcohol because it doesn’t instill alcohol responsibility into young women and young men. “Shot books” are an example of the ageist drinking age because without licensing and education, universities will continue to see abuse of alcohol by students. Sororities and Fraternities should stop using “shot books” because alcohol is best enjoyed responsibly. Traditions that are harmful must go.