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The frequency of binge drinking at fraternities and sororities leads to an Animal House style of living Dr Henry Wechsler Harvard University Students celebrate the end of the week by flocking to local bars for 2 pitchers They prepare for the big game by tailgating in the parking lots with coolers full of beer Fraternities use keg parties to help recruit new pledges As college students return to campus for the new school year events like these will be repeated throughout the country If students arent more careful experts say tragic events like the drinking binge that killed Louisiana State University student Benjamin Wynne and caused three others to be hospitalized could be repeated Every college has its own horror stories most not as deadly as the one at LSU says Dr Henry Wechsler a Harvard University professor and author of a 1995 study of binge drinking This is not a single occurrence Something like this will happen again According to Harvard studies show that 44 of students and 86 of fraternity residents are binge drinkers drinking four to five drink in a row Wechsler attributes this to both heavy drinkers being attracted to frats and the Greek system turning some students into binge drinkers So this leads to my question should frats be banned The stereotype of college fraternities making merry fools of them may be amusing in the movies but in real life its no joke Alcohol abuse is a major health problem on college campuses all across the nation So its encouraging that a few fraternities are taking a pledge of a different kind Theyre going dry Beer is almost as synonymous with the fraternity system as Greek letters and it wont be easy to change that culture But a
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