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Getting Wasted: Why College Students Drink Too Much and Party So Hard Paperback – August 1, 2011


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  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press; 7.2.2011 edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814788327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814788325
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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



Getting Wasted 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.


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Hearn on December 19, 2011
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Public perceptions of college student alcohol consumption are often distorted by sensationalistic stories in the popular media: we hear on the news that an honor student dies of alcohol poisoning or a coed falls from a dormitory window after a campus party and believe that such events are common and are left unable to make sense of them. They are blurred as well by social scientific studies that abstract individuals from their social contexts and offer analyses that are not really "social" at all and therefore do not help us to understand what is essentially a group process: we read research findings that announce nearly half of all college students are "binge drinkers" and are astounded and worried, despite not knowing what "binge drinking" means; and so we share the widespread belief that binge drinking is an altogether new, altogether dangerous, college-based phenomenon, and we're quick to support campus and community efforts to crack down on the college drinkers, if only for their own good. Declare the campus dry (even if such a thing is an impossibility), train the resident advisors to ferret out the scofflaws (even while knowing that the cooperation of their dorm mates rests upon leniency on this matter), send the police or college representatives into nearby student housing (regardless of shared values concerning the sanctity of one's home), ask representatives of social clubs, like the Kiwanis, to sit in their parked cars outside beer stores to deter underage college students from getting the alcohol in the first place (despite the impracticality -or silliness - of such an effort). What are we to do about the real problems associated with excessive college student drinking when we are inundated with attention-grabbing media reports and inexplicable survey findings designed to generate ratings in the first instance or a shot at tenure in the second? My advice is to begin by reading Thomas Vander Ven's Getting Wasted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom VanderVen on September 8, 2013
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The book recognizes and clearly articulates the complexity of values and behaviors in the college binge-drinking world. Authentic voices of students narrating their experiences. "Take care of each other" both recognizes the serious dangers in getting drunk and advocates a caring and protective response to friends and potential vIctims in the drinking culture that can indirectly mitigate the extreme harms that occur, from rape to death by alcohol poisoning. Campuses will benefit by informing their students of the ideas and narratives in this book, and by designing educational programs of intervention by students for students.
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By jwacian on February 18, 2014
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It is a good book just tells a lot of information that we already know. It does validate what we commonly know and introduced some interesting ideas.
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By Mary E. Chance on January 24, 2014
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This book gave me a better understanding of students entering college and leaving home for the first time. In the book a person gets a better understanding of the challenges these young adults face and have to deal with being away from their families for the first time.
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