Chronicle of Higher Education’s “A River of Booze”

In continuing with its series entitled Alcohol’s Hold on Campus, The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Karin Fischer and Eric Hoover recently wrote “A River of Booze.” The article depicts the culture at a “party school” (in this case, the two writers emphasize that of the University of Georgia and the town of Athens, GA). More specifically, the article examines some of the key players in a party culture: the police chief, the fake ID dealer, the bar owner, the educator, the party planner and the tailgater. While the article is sympathetic, it also plainly shows how, in conjunction, these players form an unhealthy drinking culture. The police chief wants to protect the students’ welfare, but some parents disagree with his actions; the fake ID dealer wants to make extra money and figures if not him, someone else would be providing the fake IDS because they are almost a necessity at UGA…the list continues.

Read the article in full here

2 Responses to “Chronicle of Higher Education’s “A River of Booze””

  1. Edwin Bonilla Says:

    The article is well detailed. The article describes everything that the ageist drinking age has come to do. If the drinking age was 18 and if alcohol education was required, the alcohol culture at the University of Georgia would become responsible. Because of the ageist drinking age, binge drinking is common there. The drinking age of 21 has not and will never improve alcohol cultures at universities. A drinking age of 18 and alcohol education are necessary to reduce binge drinking so that students will treat alcoholic beverages with more moderation.

  2. Edwin Bonilla Says:

    I have news. A state legislator, has introduced a bill which would lower the drinking age to 18 in Minnesota. The governor of Minnesota is against a lower drinking age unfortunately.