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(Yahoo)   Today's college freshmen do a better job lying on surveys about drinking than their parents did   (shine.yahoo.com) divider line 28
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2013-01-30 09:49:15 AM  
You know what? I want to give the youth of today the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they saw the misspent time of their parent's and grandparent's generations and realized that this was the last real chance to build a foundation of life-long skills and contacts that would propel them forward in society.

Or at least they have the better sense to drink whiskey instead of beer.

Either one.
 
2013-01-30 11:36:07 AM  
Well, lets see...they can drink alcohol....OR....
K2
X
GHB
Mary Jane
and on and on
 
2013-01-30 11:36:23 AM  
In general, you're always better off lying about your alcohol consumption.

And this is coming from a guy who never drinks beer at all. I swear!
 
2013-01-30 11:37:14 AM  
We now have a culture of lying.
Why is a suprise in the wind?
 
2013-01-30 11:38:42 AM  
They have abilify, seroquel, geodon. They are fat, apprehensive, subservient. They have as much in common with their parent's generation as Garfield does with a saber tooth tiger.
 
2013-01-30 11:42:12 AM  
Colleges and college towns cracked down and cracked down hard in the mid 90's. It's harder to get alcohol as a freshman if there are not as many older students willing to break the law to get you booze.

It's not surprising.
 
2013-01-30 11:42:54 AM  
That is about as reliable as those high school surveys about sex that reveal every single guy is participating in orgies every night while every single girl is still a virgin.

Oh man we used to love those surveys.
 
2013-01-30 11:43:00 AM  

Just another Heartland Weirdass: They have abilify, seroquel, geodon. They are fat, apprehensive, subservient. They have as much in common with their parent's generation as Garfield does with a saber tooth tiger.


Big Bob go whomp whomp whomp
 
2013-01-30 11:47:40 AM  
Rough economy.
 
2013-01-30 11:48:17 AM  
FTA: "... today we have a record number of college freshmen who are making the right choices about drinking," Joe McClain, president of the Beer Institute, said in a statement.

Oh lordy. Hypocritical sanctimonious statements like this give me an acute case of nausea and the eye-rolls.

(Yes, the Beer Institute is a pro-beer industry advocacy group).
 
2013-01-30 11:48:34 AM  

meat0918: Colleges and college towns cracked down and cracked down hard in the mid 90's. It's harder to get alcohol as a freshman if there are not as many older students willing to break the law to get you booze.

It's not surprising.


No no no. Kids today are always worse than when I was kid. As told by everyone since the beginning of time.
 
2013-01-30 11:51:42 AM  
"I've never had a drink in my life."


And in other news:
Lying in surveys has
always been surprisingly easy for the non-stupid.
 
2013-01-30 12:06:41 PM  
FTA:each year since 1966, only 33 percent of college freshman reported drinking beer in 2012, down from 35.4 percent in 2011 and far lower than the 73.7 percent who were knocking back drinks in 1982

Ummmm....wasn't the drinking age 18 in 1982? So yah, there was no stigma associated with it thus more honest reporting.
 
2013-01-30 12:12:07 PM  
Since they raised the drinking age in the mid eighties there are bound to be less freshmen drinking because it now illegal for them to buy alcohol.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._history_of_alcohol_minimum_purchase _ age_by_state
 
2013-01-30 12:21:21 PM  

p51d007: Well, lets see...they can drink alcohol....OR....
K2
X
GHB
Mary Jane
and on and on



And the drugs are actually way less of a hassle to get your hands on.
 
2013-01-30 12:30:05 PM  
Depending on who you know, it can be a lot easier to get weed than alcohol at college.

In a lot of ways, it's preferable to alcohol. No loss of control if you go overboard with smoking a ton, no hangover the next day. Also makes a great hangover cure.
 
2013-01-30 12:31:53 PM  

Sybarite:
And the drugs are actually way less of a hassle to get your hands on.


The only hassle involved in getting alcohol is leaving your dorm room. If you have enough friends, you might not even need to do this minimal step to get drunk.
 
2013-01-30 12:48:18 PM  
I give as much credit to surveys like this as I did to the drug usage surveys that I filled out in the 70's. I checked boxes next to the names of drugs that I had never heard of before. I do that for the same reasons that I lie on anything that sounds like marketing information. Why? Why not?
 
2013-01-30 01:02:07 PM  
There's just so much variety for your recreational dollar these days.

Kids don't drink as much because they're doing other drugs.
 
2013-01-30 01:03:36 PM  
Children are becoming less stupid about being recorded saying stupid things like "I enjoy a good blackout"

This is scary. For both reasons.
 
2013-01-30 01:12:12 PM  

trickymoo: Children are becoming less stupid about being recorded saying stupid things like "I enjoy a good blackout"

This is scary. For both reasons.


I enjoy a good blackout though.
 
2013-01-30 01:12:19 PM  
I was single a few years back and went to a college party or two (my upstairs neighbors were pretty cool college guys).

These parties were almost devoid of alcohol, despite them being of age to buy alcohol.

Some of the tamest college parties I've seen in my life, ever. -and these guys and a group of girls they knew were known as the party animals on campus.

My life was like "Old School" for a few years there. I even taught them drinking games. What I found weirdest is that I had to teach them not only *how* to tap the keg and keep it cool (caught one of them pouring the water out from the half melted ice), but how to pour beer from it without getting a cup full of foam.

I guess it's probably not that big a deal as someone had to teach me those things once too or I figured it out on my own, but you'd *think* it would have come up from a previous party at some point and not from their older neighbor who was long since out of school. -these guys were seniors and grad students mostly.
 
2013-01-30 01:19:23 PM  
I know at my Alma Mater there's enormously less drinking than there was  when I was there.  This isn't "back in my day, we could all put down a fifth before we started to party", more that the school totally changed policy on frat parties to limit its liability.  It's not like it's hard to find drink if you want it but it's more effort than "show up drink beer" which is how it used to be.  I'm sure there have been similar changes at a bunch of schools.
 
2013-01-30 01:33:27 PM  
Why lie ? We were proud of the drinking we did when I was in college. It used to amaze my room mate that I could party 'til 2 and still get up and get to my 8AM class.
 
2013-01-30 02:34:54 PM  

nekulor: trickymoo: Children are becoming less stupid about being recorded saying stupid things like "I enjoy a good blackout"

This is scary. For both reasons.

I enjoy a good blackout though.


oh well of course. don't we all.
 
2013-01-30 03:09:39 PM  

Just another Heartland Weirdass: They have as much in common with their parent's generation as Garfield does with a saber tooth tiger.


I like that one.
 
2013-01-30 05:02:33 PM  

Sybarite: p51d007: Well, lets see...they can drink alcohol....OR....
K2
X
GHB
Mary Jane
and on and on
And the drugs are actually way less of a hassle to get your hands on.


Zeno-25: Depending on who you know, it can be a lot easier to get weed than alcohol at college.
In a lot of ways, it's preferable to alcohol. No loss of control if you go overboard with smoking a ton, no hangover the next day. Also makes a great hangover cure.


CSB time: Oldest sis and I visited youngest sis at her college town (early '80s). Oldest sis didn't drink and I preferred you-know-what, which I figured would be PLENTIFULLY available on a frickin' college campus. Turned out all those "oh, we're smart, so we go to a really good school" kids spent all their time hunting down alcohol - and there was plenty of it available - but not a seed or stem could be found in the town.

Bunch of....
 
2013-01-30 09:46:31 PM  
Was the survey specifically for beer? Cuz as a college student I can confirm this is true... since they're drinking liquor instead.

If you're drinking to get drunk, why bother with cases of beer when you can get a cheap-ass handle of generic vodka instead? Cheaper, more compact, hits you harder and faster. I find most kids actually start with liquor and slowly move onto beer, not the other way around. I've only recently started liking beer myself, it's definitely an acquired taste.
 
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