“Vander Ven analyzes the college drinking culture in an entirely new way --- through the eyes of college drinkers themselves. In doing so, he brings a unique voice to the college drinking debate, which will shape the discussion for decades to come. This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand college drinking and its consequences.”
-Kathleen A. Bogle,author of Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus
“A book of enduring significance, persuasive enough to reframe how a social problem is fundamentally understood. Vander Ven’s analysis deepens our understanding of college drinking, how it works and its appeal.”
-Amy Best,author of Fast Cars, Cool Rides: The Accelerating World of Youth and Their Cars
weaves many detailed stories of college drunkenness into a compelling account of its communal nature. Students don’t drink alone or get drunk alone. They do it together and the togetherness helps explain their otherwise baffling, self-destructive activities. This book is must reading for anyone interested in college students, drinking, and the combination of the two.”
-Howard Becker,author of Outsiders: Studies In The Sociology Of Deviance
"The book offers a realistic portrayal of socially bonding drinking behaviors and attitudes.
Vander Ven suggests stellar ways campuses can reduce the harm of excessive drinking."-Library Journal,
"The book is worth a read to get students' perspectives on the binge-drinking culture, and provoke thought on how to address the problems that stem from it."
-Teresa Malcolm,National Catholic Reporter
About the Author
Thomas Vander Ven is associate professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at Ohio University and author of Working Mothers and Juvenile Delinquency.