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08-31-2012, 08:58 AM
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Drinking in College

For those in college in the US, how much underage drinking is there?

My son is a freshman, and he says most of the kids drink and
party just about every night. Granted he's only been there
a week. He doesn't drink.

He plans on playing club soccer, and they have a $5 a game dues
to go for beer at pubs.

I'm not naive to think it doesn't go on, but do they even check
ID at college bars/town bars ?

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A fake id on a college campus is just about as easy to find as beer.

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A lot. Bars near my school checked IDs, but it was easy to get a fake and the bars were happy to pretend they were real.

There is a 100% chance your son will drink underage at some point and probably be a sloppy mess since he has never drank and everyone will mock him.

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I'll start with my stats...

I don't drink.
I was a college athlete(another reason I didn't drink in college).
I went to two dry-campuses.

Now...

Hell yes drinking happens. All you need is a "cool RA" or circle of friends to know where the off campus parties are. Not even taking a fake ID into consideration it happens. A lot. Even on strict ZT campuses.

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Easiest answer I can give you is that it depends on the school and the town. There have been some campuses that I've been on where it's not all that heavy in terms of drinking, and some that I've been on that have been ranked the top party school in the nation.

In a lot of college towns you only have to be 18 to get in to some of the clubs, and from there it's easy to get drinks even if you're under age.

That said, even at the party school if one wanted to stay away from the alcohol it's easy enough to do.


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I don't drink and will not in college or on campus or w.e UB Amherst is 0 tolerance. Don't wanna get kicked out, doesn't seem like many people are interested in a lot of alcohol either

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Drinking is simply part of college. At least when I went and for about 90% of everyone there. My roommates and I drank literally every night. The weekends were a mess.

My first year we were in a "dry" building. We'd go to the liquor store and come back with bottles in our backpack. They never bothered to check. Our RA knew we'd get hammered but just didn't want us to get too loud.

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Some schools have huge parties that are basically solely dedicated to drinking.

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Underage drinking and college go hand in hand.

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i try to drink as often as possible

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If your son wants to drink, he will.

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I'd say there are other concerns that you should be worried about ahead of drinking, but the subject matter is probably too mature for the lunge.

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Drinking is fairly prevalent everywhere. Unless your kid has had the daylights scared out of him about drinking, he'll try probably at some point.

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Some schools have huge parties that are basically solely dedicated to drinking.
WHAT!!!? Are you sure?

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Drinking is fairly prevalent everywhere. Unless your kid has had the daylights scared out of him about drinking, he'll try probably at some point.
Even at BU

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There is a reason the Belushi "college" poster is plastered up in so many dorm rooms...

Downtown Athens (where I live, home to UGA) has in the neighborhood of 100 bars in 1 sq mile. This town is funded by drunk college kids. And, when you think about it, only about half the students here are of legal age (most kids enter @ 18/19, drinking age is 21, means most hit drinking age during the late sophmore or junior years). So I live in a town that's economy is built mostly on underage drinking. I can't imagine this is a rarity when it comes to college towns.

Bars check IDs, but as long as the photo is close enough and it the ID isn't expired, then the kid will most likely get in. Most college town bouncer's aren't pros, and it doesn't take much to get in. Also, its pretty common for kids to know the door guy or a bartender who will hook 'em up (this is how I did most all of my underage drinking, never used a fake).

To be honest, underage drinking is so common, that as long as you don't act like an idiot, the cops aren't ever going to mess with you. My rule was be home by the time I'm stumblin, and I never had trouble.

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There is a reason the Belushi "college" poster is plastered up in so many dorm rooms...

Downtown Athens (where I live, home to UGA) has in the neighborhood of 100 bars in 1 sq mile. This town is funded by drunk college kids. And, when you think about it, only about half the students here are of legal age (most kids enter @ 18/19, drinking age is 21, means most hit drinking age during the late sophmore or junior years). So I live in a town that's economy is built mostly on underage drinking. I can't imagine this is a rarity when it comes to college towns.

Bars check IDs, but as long as the photo is close enough and it the ID isn't expired, then the kid will most likely get in. Most college town bouncer's aren't pros, and it doesn't take much to get in. Also, its pretty common for kids to know the door guy or a bartender who will hook 'em up (this is how I did most all of my underage drinking, never used a fake).

To be honest, underage drinking is so common, that as long as you don't act like an idiot, the cops aren't ever going to mess with you. My rule was be home by the time I'm stumblin, and I never had trouble.
I agree

Just stay away from binge drinking and you should be fine

Chill out at the bar and holler at the TV for [insert team sporting event]

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I agree

Just stay away from binge drinking and you should be fine

Chill out at the bar and holler at the TV for [insert team sporting event]
Yep, the sports bar is generally the best place to be if you want to drink and have a good time without getting completely smashed.

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Drinking at college? What's that?

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Drinking at college? What's that?
Things post-sophomore ixcuincle said

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If he wants to drink, he will be able to nine nights out of ten.

If he doesn't want to drink, he can usually avoid it, though it may impact his social circles.

Some people drink every night. My school was mostly "weekend" (including Thursday) drinking, as opposed to every single day. It was also situated in a real city, so it wasn't as easy to sneak into bars as they were more serious about IDs. It was still plenty easy to score a fake one, though.

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If he wants to drink, he will be able to nine nights out of ten.

If he doesn't want to drink, he can usually avoid it, though it may impact his social circles.

Some people drink every night. My school was mostly "weekend" (including Thursday) drinking, as opposed to every single day. It was also situated in a real city, so it wasn't as easy to sneak into bars as they were more serious about IDs. It was still plenty easy to score a fake one, though.
I agree with your second point. If I weren't a student-athlete, I feel my social circles would have sucked. I mean, you can count the kids on one hand in each dorm who don't drink and its usually because their blood is so saturated with mountain dew from their video game benders, there is no room for alcohol.

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Depends on the college. I went to DePauw University, a small liberal arts college in southwestern Indiana that just so happens to have a well-acquired reputation for being a heavy drinking school, so there's obviously a lot of that on campus. But even there, I'd say it was never really forced on anyone, as most people took the attitude that if someone didn't drink, that just meant more booze for them.

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