Fraternities Announce Plan to Train Members to Help Stop Assault

For many people, the word "frat" conjures to mind several horrible images: racist theme parties, hellish bodily fluid-themed hazing activities, rapey events and emails that blatantly encourage sexual predation, etc. Eight college fraternities are hoping to change that: on Tuesday, they announced new training to combat… » 9/23/14 2:10pm 9/23/14 2:10pm

Stop Drinking, You're Ruining Your Rape Case

In Oxford, England, Judge Mary Jane Mowat said women drinking too much is keeping the country’s rape conviction rate low at just 24 percent. This could also be read as women out living their lives and having a good night out should stop living their lives and having a good night out to prevent rape. So, where are the… » 8/26/14 12:50pm 8/26/14 12:50pm

Binge Drinkers Voted 'Most Popular' Throughout Young Adulthood

If you're an adult in your 20s who's looking to become the most popular person in your social circle, you might want to double down on the hooch. A new study shows that young adult binge drinkers occupy the highest statuses in their friend groups, mostly because they're the ones usually spearheading the campaign for… » 7/17/14 1:45pm 7/17/14 1:45pm

Police Have Great Advice on How Not to Get Raped This Christmas

It's the holiday season, which means it's time to light the menorah tree on fire, throw dreidels at the Kwanzaa cake, and very nicely ask Santa to bring you a nice new Jesus for Saturnalia. If you're in the UK, it means something else, too: the annual deluge of unhelpful holiday anti-rape ads. » 12/04/13 1:50pm 12/04/13 1:50pm

Reminder: Getting Drunk Doesn't Cause Rape to Magically Appear

In recent weeks, much virtual ink has been spilled debating the role of alcohol in on campus sexual assaults. Should women stop drinking, because many rapes are committed against intoxicated women? Should women stop knowing men, since many rapes are committed by men who are known to the women? Should women just...… » 10/29/13 2:30pm 10/29/13 2:30pm

The French Finally Get Their Own Word for ‘Binge Drinking’

For years, it appears, there has been no binge drinking in France. None. Literally no one in the history of France has ever gotten drunk on purpose, even Gerard Depardieu! The very concept of glugging bottom-shelf garbage spirits for the purposes of inebriation, social fluidity, sexy intercourse, and barfing was so… » 7/29/13 7:00pm 7/29/13 7:00pm

Why Do We Describe Women as ‘Tipsy’ and Dudes as ‘Wasted’?

A huge part of being a woman is swallowing indignities, major and minor. We're supposed to feel flattered about being objectified. We're supposed to say thank you to men for taking the hard decisions off our tiny, stupid hands. We're supposed to be nice even when we're angry, and we're supposed to apologize for being… » 7/11/13 7:00pm 7/11/13 7:00pm

Attention, Butt-Chuggers: Please Do Not Put Alcohol Up Your Butt…

No, really, don't. Don't put alcoholic beverages up your butt. It's a shame that the state of campus binge drinking — which once upon a time was just a fine, longstanding tradition of respectable keg stands and historically significant beer bongs — has come to a point where this even needs to be clarified, but here we… » 9/27/12 2:30pm 9/27/12 2:30pm

Sorry, Cool Parents: Letting Kids Taste Alcohol May Turn 'Em Into…

The logic of a cool, progressive, chardonnay-enthused parent goes something like this: I do not want my young Mordecai/Susie to turn seventeen and throw an illicit keg party in my home when I attend a week-long wine-tasting tour in Napa. So, I will let Mordecai/Susie have a few sips of wine at dinner while he/she is… » 9/18/12 11:10am 9/18/12 11:10am

Binge Drinking Is Especially Awesome for Wealthy, White College Guys

It only took the 107th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association to figure out the key to binge drinking on college campuses — students who do it are having an awesome time. According to a survey of about 1,600 undergraduate students attending and revelling at "a selective Northeastern residential… » 8/20/12 11:15am 8/20/12 11:15am

Would Drying Up Greek Houses Cut Down on Hazing?

The hazing horror story is fast becoming its very own genre of longform journalism, and like any genre, certain expectations need to be met. These chronicles feature insulated, secretive communities (you might even say cults) of young adults seeking some form of social validation and quite willing to subject either… » 4/15/12 5:35pm 4/15/12 5:35pm

Five Vomit-Inducing Facts From the Latest Study of Binge-Drinking

Who doesn't love a new study about drinking? You can feel superior to all those other sloppy drunks, until you read the fine print and realize that what you think of as a normal glass of wine actually counts as five drinks or whatever. Here to make you feel briefly good about yourself and then bad again are five fun… » 1/10/12 6:00pm 1/10/12 6:00pm