Saturday, May 9, 2015

Research Blog #10

Attrino, Anthony G. "Rutgers Student Caitlyn Kovacs Died of Alcohol Poisoning After Party, Prosecutor Says." New Jersey.Com. N.p., 28 Oct. 2014. Web. 16 Apr. 2015. <>.

Berkowitz, Alan. "An Overview of the Social Norms Approach." Changing the Culture of College Drinking: A Socially Situated Prevention Campaign. By L. Lederman et al. New York: Hampton, 2006. 2-29. Print.

Borsari, Brian, and Kate B. Carey. “Descriptive and Injunctive Norms in College Drinking: A Meta-Analytic Integration.” Journal of studies on alcohol 64.3 (2003): 331–341. Print.

Conte, Richard. "Program at U. Teaches Students to Drink Responsibly." The Daily Targum [New Brunswick] 9 Apr. 2012: n. pag. Print.

Buckner, Julia D., Anthony H. Ecker, and Steven L. Proctor. "Social Anxiety and Alcohol Problems: The Roles of Perceived Descriptive and Injunctive Peer Norms." Journal of anxiety disorders 25.5 (2011): 631-8. Print.

Cullum, Jerry, et al. "Ignoring Norms With A Little Help From My Friends: Social Support Reduces Normative Influence On Drinking Behavior." Journal Of Social & Clinical Psychology 32.1 (2013): 17-33. Academic Search Premier. Web. 31 Mar. 2015.

Dowdall, George W. College Drinking: Reframing a Social Problem. Sterling: Stylus, 2013.      Print.

Haines, Michael P. A Social Norms Approach to Preventing Binge Drinking at Colleges and Universities. Newton: Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, 1996. Print.

Sperber, Murray. Beer and Circus: How Big-Time College Sports Is Crippling Undergraduate Education. New York: Holt, 2000. Print.

Zoppo, Avalon. "Fraternity Shut Down After Underage Drinking Incident." The Daily Targum [New Brunswick] 26 May 2015: n. pag. Print.

Literature Review #5

2. Buckner, Julia D., Anthony H. Ecker, and Steven L. Proctor. "Social Anxiety and Alcohol Problems: The Roles of Perceived Descriptive and Injunctive Peer Norms." Journal of anxiety disorders 25.5 (2011): 631-8. Print.

3. This article makes my paper a little more interesting and complicates the issue (in a good way). It's a study that states that students with social anxiety often drink more in situations where they believe it is acceptable to binge, and where they feel it is "normal". Students with Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) are the hardest hit by the Social Norms Theory, because they feel as though their peers are drinking even more than the average student, thus causing them to drink even more.

4. Dr. Julie Buckner is a researcher at Louisiana State University for the Anxiety & Addictive Behaviors Clinic, and conducts many studies on social anxiety and drug abuse. She is an assistant professor, and a director.

to be continued

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Research Blog #9

For my counterargument, I plan on discussing students who suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) and how they are involved in the Social Norms Theory. According to research, students with SAD often drink much more when in situations where they perceive drinking is much higher and where they see that binge drinking is acceptable. They often take the hardest hit against binge drinking because the pressure they face by their peers make them feel that they themselves should be drinking more in order to fit in.

Buckner, Julia D., Anthony H. Ecker, and Steven L. Proctor. "Social Anxiety and Alcohol Problems: The Roles of Perceived Descriptive and Injunctive Peer Norms." Journal of anxiety disorders 25.5 (2011): 631-8. Print.

Research Blog #8

I plan on interviewing Barbara Turpin.

Research Blog #7

For my case, I would like the discuss the "Responsible Drinking Happy Hour" that is held here at Rutgers University on Cook Campus. This program held by Professor Barbara Turpin from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and the Dean of Students of Cook Campus, promotes healthy drinking habits by those that are of age. This event only allows patrons to consume one beer per hour, and even breathalyzes students to ensure their safety. Also in attendance are professors and faculty. This gives attendees a chance to interact with their professors in a casual way, and allows students to see their professors in a different light. This "Responsible Drinking Happy Hour" promotes and encourages safe drinking behavior and allows for students to engage with professors in a casual way.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Literature Review #4

2. McMurtie, Beth. "Why Colleges Haven't Stopped Students From Binge Drinking." Chronicle Of Higher Education 61.14 (2014): A23-A26. MasterFILE Elite. Web. 10 Mar. 2015.

3. This article explores why colleges are not curbing their students from binge drinking. Drinking, to many students, comes as a central expectation when coming to college. McMurtie explains that it is not the lack of information that is stopping the colleges from intervening (they know exactly why, when, where, and how students drink) but rather the belief in colleges that binge drinking is a problem upon individuals. In turn, they tend to overlook the problem and provide the right information and risks in hopes to curb the problem. McMurtie explains that each year, it gets harder and harder to curb the problem as incoming students enter.

4. Beth McMurtie is senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education focused on campus culture. McMurtie holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Wellesley College and a master's degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism.

6. "A student’s death or an unwelcome party-school ranking might prompt action, but it is unlikely to be sustained or meaningful. A new prevention program or task force has only so much impact." (McMurtie 1).

"Several colleges developed new programs: training servers, notifying parents when underage students were caught drinking, and coordinating enforcement with the local police. Setbacks, however, were common. Louisiana State University found local bar owners hostile to the idea of scaling back happy hours or drink specials. At the University of Colorado at Boulder, the campus-community coalition had little authority. To appeal to local businesses, a new mayor in Newark, Del., weakened regulations on selling alcohol near dormitories at the public flagship university." (McMurtie 1).

"The apparent paradox today is this: Colleges keep trying to reduce extreme drinking, but the numbers aren’t getting any better. It’s hard to change the status quo by tinkering at the margins. Many colleges continue pursuing disjointed and short-term measures with limited impact and little staying power." (McMurtie 1).

7. In my article, I had hoped to discuss how the college can curb binge drinking. However, with this article I can use the fact that colleges are making attempts at curbing college drinking, but are in turn, ineffective. With more information on curbing college drinking, I hope to find more useful information on the topic.