College Drinking: Reframing a Social Problem

College Drinking: Reframing a Social Problem

College Drinking: Reframing a Social Problem

College Drinking: Reframing a Social Problem

Synopsis

This is an evocative account, first published in 1883, of the final expedition to the East by Isabella Bird (1831–1904), who was one of the most famous Victorian female explorers, and the first woman to be admitted to the Royal Geographical Society. The Golden Chersonese is the ancient name for the Malay Peninsula, as named by the Greek geographer and astronomer Ptolemy. The book is a collection of twenty-three letters written by Bird to her ailing sister, Henny, in Scotland. Henny died as the book was published and Bird dedicates the book of letters to her memory. As well as giving detailed descriptions of her travels and adventures in and around Malaysia, the book also includes fascinating accounts of many aspects of the region, including the people, culture, landscapes and wildlife. It also contains a number of delightful illustrations and a thorough appendix.

Excerpt

College drinking has been recognized as one of the most important problems facing today’s college student. Even though excessive drinking has increased only modestly over the past few decades, concern about its health, behavioral, and safety consequences has risen exponentially. As the concern grew, so did the controversy about how to study college drinking and how to respond to it.

This book examines college drinking as a social problem within higher education. It is based on a large body of research and on interviews with many leading figures in addressing the problem. It assesses the evidence about how many students drink or drink excessively, and what kinds of behavioral and health problems they have as a consequence. College drinking reflects an individual student’s choice, but it also reflects a social context. This book answers the crucial questions of why students drink, and what mixture of personal and environmental factors shape college drinking. The complex links to campus crime and sexual assault are discussed fully. Key practical questions about effective prevention programs and countermeasures are answered in detail. Students and parents can take action to lower the risk of binge drinking by consulting appendix D, which presents information about college policy, drinking levels, and alcohol violations on nearly 400 leading institutions, and appendix A, which explains how to gather information about the full range of American colleges and universities. Anyone concerned with higher education today—students, parents, and college personnel—will find a full discussion of the scope of the problem and what can be done about it.

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