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Benjamin Wynne 20 underwent two of the most time-honored rites of passage at Louisiana State University last week He received a pledge pin from the fraternity that voted him into the brotherhood and he got rip-roaring drunk to celebrate Wynne and his fellow Sigma Alpha Epsilon brothers began their bacchanalia with an off-campus keg party featuring funneling in which beer is shot through a rubber hose into the drinkers mouth Next came a communal bender at Murphys bar a frat hangout a few hundred yards form LSU There the libation of choice was Three Wise Men a high-octane mix of 151-proof rum Crown Royal whiskey and Jagermeister liqueur Wynne was staggering but no more than a lot of other people says a college woman who was there The festivities ended with upperclassmen wheeling pledges out of the bar in shopping carts because they too far gone to walk They were like firemen carrying people out of a burning building says Christopher Sule an LSU student who works at a sandwich shop next door When police were called to the frat house hours later they found almost two dozen men passed out on the living room floor By early morning Wynne was dead of alcohol poisoning and three of his fraternity brother had been hospitalized An autopsy found that Wynne who downed the equivalent of about 24 drinks had a blood alcohol level six times the amount at which the state considers a person intoxicatedCohen12This is just one story of many of an unfortunate alcohol related death that has occurred on a college campus because of binge drinking Binge drinking is defined as drinking 6 to 7 drinks consecutivelyWechsler Austin1 Over the past few years binge drinking has become more and more common among college students A Harvard survey of 18000 undergraduates found that 44 said they had engaged in binge drinking in the previous two weeksCohen2 Binge drinking is more common
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