Baltimore Jewish Times Cover Story on Pre-Gaming

This week, the Baltimore Jewish Times gave the issue of toxic drinking front-page attention with a cover story on the practice known as pre-gaming, in which underage drinkers rapidly consume large quantities of alcohol prior to going out. Rochelle Eisenberg noted that pre-gaming is dangerous for a variety of reasons:

“The problem with pre-gaming, besides being illegal, is that teens and young adults drink a great deal in a small window of time, making alcohol consumption more potent. Even for those who drink early in the evening without getting drunk, but continue drinking at a later party, the consequences can be dire.”

Eisenberg spoke to community members who recalled hosting social events for local young people that got out of hand. Here’s one account from the article:

“Several months ago, the Mitchell David Teen Center in Pikesville held a dance that began at 8:30 p.m. When the teens arrived, many of them had already spent time before the dance at private homes, getting drunk. Four Jewish teens arrived at the dance so drunk they had alcohol poisoning. One of the youngsters, a 10th-grade student, ended up in the emergency room at a local hospital. Many more were ‘smashed,’ vomiting in the parking lots, falling over themselves at the center, acting belligerent, recalls Stan Scherr, supervisor of J.O.I.N. for Teens.

‘Two were swearing at me and throwing things at me, and something hit me in the face,’ he says.

It was so bad that the center had to be closed for the first time in the 10 years it has been holding these events, within a half-hour of the event’s start time.”

Check out the rest of this week’s feature story and let us know what you think in the comments.

One Response to “Baltimore Jewish Times Cover Story on Pre-Gaming”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with education and licensing. It’s a shame that the Mitchell David Teen Center in Maryland had to close the party because of rowdiness. Although if the drinking age is lowered to 18 with the requirements to make sure they’re responsible, that solution won’t affect most in high school but they must know that abuse of alcohol has consequences. The ageist drinking is the opaque obstacle which prevents those aged 18-20 from practicing responsible alcohol drinking.