Getting Wasted: Why College Students Drink Too Much and Party So Hard [NOOK Book]

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Most American college campuses are home to a vibrant drinking scene where students frequently get wasted, train-wrecked, obliterated, hammered, destroyed, and decimated. The terms that university students most commonly use to describe severe alcohol intoxication share a common theme: destruction, and even after repeated embarrassing, physically unpleasant, and even violent drinking episodes, students continue to go out drinking together. In Getting Wasted, Thomas Vander Ven provides a unique answer to the ...

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Getting Wasted: Why College Students Drink Too Much and Party So Hard

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Overview

Most American college campuses are home to a vibrant drinking scene where students frequently get wasted, train-wrecked, obliterated, hammered, destroyed, and decimated. The terms that university students most commonly use to describe severe alcohol intoxication share a common theme: destruction, and even after repeated embarrassing, physically unpleasant, and even violent drinking episodes, students continue to go out drinking together. In Getting Wasted, Thomas Vander Ven provides a unique answer to the perennial question of why college students drink.

Vander Ven argues that college students rely on “drunk support:” contrary to most accounts of alcohol abuse as being a solitary problem of one person drinking to excess, the college drinking scene is very much a social one where students support one another through nights of drinking games, rituals and rites of passage. Drawing on over 400 student accounts, 25 intensive interviews, and one hundred hours of field research, Vander Ven sheds light on the extremely social nature of college drinking. Giving voice to college drinkers as they speak in graphic and revealing terms about the complexity of the drinking scene, Vander Ven argues that college students continue to drink heavily, even after experiencing repeated bad experiences, because of the social support that they give to one another and due to the creative ways in which they reframe and recast violent, embarrassing, and regretful drunken behaviors. Provocatively, Getting Wasted shows that college itself, closed and seemingly secure, encourages these drinking patterns and is one more example of the dark side of campus life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814724149
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 229
  • Sales rank: 522,964
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Thomas Vander Ven is associate professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at Ohio University and author of Working Mothers and Juvenile Delinquency.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Go to oder result 5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Skylar

    Heh... what are my friends gonna think when i come in school dressed in all black... today i also painted my nails black o.o even though I said I gave up being emo heheh... woops XD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Madi

    K ill leave u alone forever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    READ THIS

    If you see jake tell him skyler says our book. If u see DC tell him to get jake on

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Kato

    *he pulls his cowboy hat over his head. His eyes glint mischeviously*

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    Posted May 26, 2013

    Bruce

    *watches*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Jamie to bruce

    Hey sexy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Mariah

    How about alex stays with his girl and i do you OR you see my post on rsult 2 and we role play?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Samantha

    U PEEPS R SOOOOOOO GROSS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Kane

    Thats just sso sad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Roxas

    This isnt really a party its more of an orgy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Kalee

    Smiles (( i live in texas ))

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