Secret-society initiations (and their stereotypical hazing) are supposed to be just that–secret. Yet, these sketchy rituals, which often occur in dark basements wrought with generations worth of party filth, loose their clandestine nature when they go dreadfully awry. So awry that at least one college student has died in a hazing ritual every year for the last four decades. 

Hazing rituals vary, but excessive alcohol and coerced drinking are usually a constant. At the risk of generalizing, the rituals typically involve young men and women being challenged demonstrate bravado through forced alcohol consumption. This behavior is not only dangerous, but it also serves as an expression of a culture where responsible drinking is not encouraged.

Our current drinking age forces consumption underground and behind closed doors–and it pushes to the extremes of hazing.

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