Colligate Binge Drinking

Colligate Binge Drinking - Another catalyst to the college...

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Another catalyst to the college drinking problem is explained through the Reactance Theory. The theory suggests that there is an emotional response to contradict rules that threaten or eliminate behavioral freedom. If most college students spend 2 or 3 years under the legal drinking age while at school, could that possibly have something to do with the binge drinking problem? It makes me wonder whether or not the drinking age is helping the problem, because the fact that most students will be underage for some time at college limits our freedom to partake in the social norm of college drinking. Is it possible that the 21 drinking age is actually making the problem worse than it has to be? There were many useful ideas discussed at the panel meeting about the drinking age that could help move this problem of college bingeing in the right direction. John McCardell, leader of “Choose Responsibility” made many comments protesting the 21 year old drinking age. Instead of ignoring the drinking problem with the legal age at 21,
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