I guess we're back in the realm of "studies-nanny-state-types-commission-to-scare-the-crap-out-of-parents-who-don't-know-their-kids-well." College kids these days are into binge drinking and pill taking. Not all of the kids these days, mind you, just enough so that tsk-tskers can sell their services to parents and colleges. The University of Georgia this year introduced 'family tailgate zones' on large swaths of the campus that were no-alcohol-allowed areas, that I heard failed miserably because no one showed up. Athens-Clarke County, where the University of Georgia is located, is debating the eradication of of happy hours and power hours. Efforts one and all to curtail the "drinking problems" of legally adult Americans who can legally purchase alcohol.
I wonder if the problem is really more pronounced these days, or if parents are still being shocked by their kids' "excesses."
Perhaps this is due to the fact that I am a part of the generation that will consider its own behavior far more barbarian and destructive (in a positive, entropic way) than any following generation, I still ain't impressed. We were still worse than them. Way worse.
How do I know this? Because if they were consuming more alcohol or doing more drugs than I saw people in Athens or on Island City do, there would be hundreds upon hundreds of alcohol and drug related deaths shutting down college campuses all over the country. The service industry would grind to a screeching, abrupt halt everywhere.
Maybe Creswell Hall and Island City were just exceptions to the rule, and everywhere else, kids were good and studious and never did anything bad. A whole nation of folks like my brother, shocked at the "excesses" of college kids drinking beer.