New Stuff Tuesday – January 3

Getting Wasted

Getting Wasted
Why College Students Drink Too Much and Party Too Hard
by Thomas Vander Ven
HV5135 .V36 2011
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Happy New Year! 2011 has come to a close, and I’m sure that we’re all ready to take 2012 by storm, right? As long as you’re not still recovering from all of the ‘fun’ that you had on New Year’s Eve, that is. The week’s featured title involves students’ weekend [and sometimes weekday] habits with alcohol.

Vander Ven, sociology professor at Ohio University, takes on the widespread notion that college and drinking are synonymous. He confesses in his preface that it never occurred to him to actually research it though. However, after investigating the issue, he contends that colleges and universities provide enough of a safe zone from the real world for students to use drinking to excess as a social ritual or coping mechanism. Structuring the book like a night out, the author explores the process of intoxication and its effect on students and groups, when things go wrong, and the post-drinking haze. Vander Ven’s research provides a welcome addition to the growing literature on the drinking culture in higher education, making it an excellent starting point on alcohol use and abuse by college students.

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1 Response to New Stuff Tuesday – January 3

  1. Infovoyeur says:

    Good report. But we should not overlook the other existing professional skolarshipp and research on the topic–extensive and impressive. Beyond sociology, the effect’s of excessivitized cominbibulation of alcohioioilic bevveridges, has also been vividly descriptivated in classic Literary Studies. (1) In the novel Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis reported that after his protagonist “blotted his copybook whilst one-over-the-eight during a night on the tiles” [British slang for “Thu. nite in WH20 injudiciously”], the next morning, “His mouth felt as if some small creture of the night had used it first as a urinal and then as a mausoleum.” [Good show that.] (2) George Orwell similarly reported that in Paris, the next morning, “I felt as if my back was broken and my mouth was filled with hot cinders.” [Always complaining; put a better face on it; Keep Calm & Carry On…] (3) More recently, Chester Kartoffelkopfe of our own Institute for Meta-Stenology here, reported that, after too much beer which in Wisconsin is frequent, the next morning, “I felt as if my stomach had been varnished shut.” Thus does a shot of affective analogical imagery, pep up cognitive empirical science, for a potent Double indeed. So, “drink responsabilistitically not statistically.” Myself, I’m outta here for orange juice & cranberry-cherry juice potentiated…

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