Hazing & Alcohol-Related Deaths on College Campuses
Four hazing and drinking-related deaths have been brought to light this year, not including those that are not directly related to fraternities and sororities. These constant cases bring the value of Greek life into question. A journalism professor at Franklin College in Indiana, Hank Nuwer, has been tracking these deaths for decades, and found that U.S. campuses experienced at least one hazing death per year since 1959.
Most of these cases involve heavy amounts of binge drinking causing substantial injuries, alcohol poisoning and ultimately death. This not only harms the student that was subject to hazing, but the families, the organization and the university itself.
Binge drinking can bring a person's blood alcohol content to 0.08 grams percent or above, and typically happens when men consume 5 or more drinks or women who consume 4 or more drinks in about 2 hours. The prevalence of binge drinking among men is twice as high than women. Chronic binge drinking can lead to cancer, memory and learning problems, chronic diseases, and alcohol dependence.
Despite the risks of binge drinking, these incidents don't seem to be slowing down. It important that the community and the campus are educating students on the consequences of binge drinking and hazing, and that there needs to be some sort of monitoring in place for Greek life to prevent any more deaths.