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Monday January 24th

UNC students: Do you binge drink?

According to Forbes Magazine, binge drinking is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Millennials are turning from bingeing to drinking in moderation. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as four and five drinks in about two hours for women and men, respectively. The Daily Tar Heel asked UNC students: Do you binge drink? 

“I do not binge drink. I personally wouldn’t want to live my life in a way that I wouldn’t remember things in the morning. I see binge drinking as being very counterproductive to that, so it’s not something that I would personally ever do."

-Trevor McPherson, biology and music, sophomore 

“I would say I don’t binge drink regularly, maybe once or twice a semester. I think sometimes it’s an accident, and usually I don’t because I want to remember what happened, and I want to be in control.” 

-Lucy Davis, global studies, senior 

“I remember when I was here at my orientation. They said that binge drinking was one of the big reasons that tuition was going up at UNC because of all of the funds that they were having to put toward the clean-up process of binge drinking. And I would say that the effects on the human body are pretty detrimental. It’s definitely a bad thing, but it’s still something that happens unintentionally.”

-Anna Berrier, health policy management, first-year 

“I think that binge drinking at this point has become an intrinsic part of the college culture, and that it should be more about how to binge drink safely than how to not binge drink at this point. Because it’s what you do — like if you’re going to a party, or even if you’re hanging out with friends. It’s just like, a common social activity these days.”

-Tyler Caponigro, business administration and economics, first-year 

“I think people binge drink because of the laws in North Carolina and the culture at UNC. Yesterday was the first day in like two weeks that I didn’t go out.”

-Wyatt Packer, advertising, junior 


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