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Harvard Study: White Males Cause Binge Drinking
NewsMax ^ | 10/31/03 | Limbacher

Posted on 10/31/2003 8:28:54 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection

White males cause each other to drink heavily. The fewer of them there are, the less likely they are to binge drink.

So says a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health and Social Behavior. The findings are published in the November issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - the big NPR patron – supported the study.

Yes, the evil white male is the new villain in America. Just like in the hit movie "Sum of All Fears," white men are to blame for society’s evils

Just listen to this lovely statement by the researcher who conducted the study, Henry Wechsler, Ph.D.:

"If you have younger white males together to the exclusion of other groups, you're going to have fewer role models for lighter or nondrinking behavior," Wechsler told Reuters. "That may explain why fraternities have had such a high level of drinking problems."

So, not only do white males cause drinking, but they are also bad role models.

After looking at four years - a whole four years! - of data, including 52,312 students at 114 colleges, the researchers found that he average number of binge drinkers among the colleges was 44 percent, with binge drinking defined as five drinks in a row for men and four drinks for women.

"The higher the percentage of minority, female and older students in a school, the lower the binge drinking rates for all students and for high-risk subgroups,” Dr. Wechsler said. "In making decisions about admissions, colleges should recognize the many benefits of greater diversity on campus, including a possible decrease in problem drinking."

Well, four years worth of data at a hundred schools should be enough to prove that if there is "diversity" on college campuses - meaning fewer white people; and we're sure that quotas won't have any role to play in assuring "diversity" - then all campus problems would disappear!

"Self-selection may also be operating,” Wechsler admitted. "Colleges that have larger numbers of minority and older students and women may attract white, underage and male students with different attitudes about drinking.”

"May" attract. In other words, "perhaps, but forget about that." Wechsler would rather focus on the evils of the white male.

Oh, and don't forget that minorities are associated with liberals, whereas conservatives are supposedly all white men (don't tell that to Jesse Lee Petersen, Niger Innis, Laura Ingraham, Elizabeth Dole, Christie Todd Whitman, Armstrong Williams, Thomas Sowell... need we go on?).

Don't be fooled. This study urges a step in the direction of uniformity of thought and deed on campus, of the Left, and the only diversity the researchers and the Robert Wood Johnson foundation want is that of skin color.

The study outright recommends that "the student-body composition and demographic diversity should be examined by colleges wishing to reduce their binge drinking (read: all campus) problems."

Carol Boyd, director of the Substance Abuse Research Center at the University of Michigan, told the Washington Post: "This study contributes to a growing body of research showing that a diverse student body positively contributes to all aspects of student life and, in many cases, contributes to a climate that encourages less binge drinking."

But even she was skeptical: "Does having African Americans, Asians and women on campus encourage fraternity members to drink less?"

We doubt it. And check out this from CNN. In its article on the study, CNN made a subtle association. Think "Transitive Property of Equality."

CNN wrote: "Blamed for a range of ills from poor grades, vandalism and sexual violence to full-scale campus riots, binge drinking remains a major problem at U.S. colleges despite years of prevention efforts."

Patricia Mielke, assistant vice president for student affairs at the University of Maryland, took issue with the conclusion that a more diverse campus would lead to less drinking.

"They (Dr. Wechsler and Meichun Kuo, Ph.D.) were questioning the effects of the social norms campaign at universities, but I ask, isn't that what this is?" she said, referring to diversity. "It's a little counterintuitive."



TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drinking; racialquotas

1 posted on 10/31/2003 8:28:55 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
with binge drinking defined as five drinks in a row for men and four drinks for women.

You're kidding!

2 posted on 10/31/2003 8:30:41 AM PST by Cathryn Crawford (Algunos misterios son tan profundos y maravillosos que deben ser explorados para ser entendido.)
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To: Cathryn Crawford
with binge drinking defined as five drinks in a row for men and four drinks for women.

When I was at RPI we called that warmups...

3 posted on 10/31/2003 8:31:52 AM PST by dirtboy (Now in theaters - Howard Dean as Buzz Lightweight - taking the Dems to Oblivion and Beyond in 2004!)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
"If you have younger white males together to the exclusion of other groups, you're going to have fewer role models for lighter or nondrinking behavior,"

I guess that explains the paucity of malt liquor sales in inner-city neighborhoods...

4 posted on 10/31/2003 8:32:33 AM PST by dirtboy (Now in theaters - Howard Dean as Buzz Lightweight - taking the Dems to Oblivion and Beyond in 2004!)
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To: dirtboy
We called that Sunday Night.
5 posted on 10/31/2003 8:34:00 AM PST by sharkhawk
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

"You tell 'em, Henry!"

6 posted on 10/31/2003 8:34:35 AM PST by freeeee
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To: dirtboy
We called that breakfast.
7 posted on 10/31/2003 8:35:11 AM PST by Shryke
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I always though binge drinking led to the production of white males due to a decreased likelihood of properly using birth control devices.
8 posted on 10/31/2003 8:35:25 AM PST by Held_to_Ransom
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
More demented liberals who hate America, blame America, hate white people, blame white people for the ills of the world.
9 posted on 10/31/2003 8:35:25 AM PST by tkathy (The islamofascists and the democrats are trying to destroy this country)
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To: sharkhawk
On Wednesday mornings after our 8AM freshman test (or F-Test), we called that breakfast...
10 posted on 10/31/2003 8:35:30 AM PST by dirtboy (Now in theaters - Howard Dean as Buzz Lightweight - taking the Dems to Oblivion and Beyond in 2004!)
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To: dirtboy
When I was at RPI we called that warmups...

Yeah. They call that binge? What college students, precisely, did they observe?

11 posted on 10/31/2003 8:35:43 AM PST by Cathryn Crawford (Algunos misterios son tan profundos y maravillosos que deben ser explorados para ser entendido.)
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To: Cathryn Crawford; dirtboy
with binge drinking defined as five drinks in a row for men and four drinks for women.

Hogwash. Anything less than 6 drinks isn't even considered drinking.

12 posted on 10/31/2003 8:35:51 AM PST by freeeee
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To: Shryke
hehe - see my post 9, great livers think alike...
13 posted on 10/31/2003 8:35:57 AM PST by dirtboy (Now in theaters - Howard Dean as Buzz Lightweight - taking the Dems to Oblivion and Beyond in 2004!)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
This is a no-brainer. I vote we hereby outlaw being a white male.

On to the next problem...

14 posted on 10/31/2003 8:36:13 AM PST by Egon (Safety Tip: You can get AIDS by sitting at a public toilet before the previous person vacates!)
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To: SheLion; Flurry; Just another Joe; Gabz
"Don't be fooled. This study urges a step in the direction of uniformity of thought and deed on campus, of the Left, and the only diversity the researchers and the Robert Wood Johnson foundation want is that of skin color."

Bump for freedom of behavior supporters!
15 posted on 10/31/2003 8:36:16 AM PST by CSM (Shame on me for attacking an unarmed person, a smoke gnatzie!)
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To: dirtboy
I guess that explains the paucity of malt liquor sales in inner-city neighborhoods...

...and crack cocaine.

16 posted on 10/31/2003 8:37:49 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
BULL! It is President Bushs fault, everyone knows that(sarc off)
17 posted on 10/31/2003 8:39:14 AM PST by SF Republican
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
This is the most biased, opinionated, race agenda and hype lies I have ever heard.

I pray that someday just plain common sense and sanity will return.
18 posted on 10/31/2003 8:39:29 AM PST by freekitty
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To: Cathryn Crawford
What college students, precisely, did they observe?

They were probably from TCU, SMU, or BYU. THey definately were not from any institute of higher learning that I attended.

19 posted on 10/31/2003 8:41:44 AM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I believe whites have an enzyme that enables most of them to tolerate alcohol better than other races. (To what extent American blacks, who are part-white in ancestry, have this enzyme I do not know. But East Asians, for example, lack this enzyme, and so wine intoxicates them as much as liquor does whites with the enzyme.) And, if only because of their greater body weight, white males can tolerate greater amounts of alcohol than white females.
20 posted on 10/31/2003 8:42:18 AM PST by aristeides
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To: Labyrinthos
THey definately were not from any institute of higher learning that I attended.

No kidding. That's a pretty ludicrous figure.

21 posted on 10/31/2003 8:43:17 AM PST by Cathryn Crawford (Algunos misterios son tan profundos y maravillosos que deben ser explorados para ser entendido.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
"That may explain why fraternities have had such a high level of drinking problems."

I have another explanation. A lot of guys who like to drink and party join fraternities. What's the next survey going to be: Guys who join the chess club experience a high level of participation in chess games?

22 posted on 10/31/2003 8:45:40 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Guess the authors of this study have never been on the Res'.
23 posted on 10/31/2003 8:47:20 AM PST by FroedrickVonFreepenstein
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
5 drinks? Binge? Evil white boys. I'm almost 50 and 5 is like a 30 minute lunch. Shesh!
24 posted on 10/31/2003 8:51:25 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Living fast is fine as long as you steer well and have good brakes.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Maybe being everyone's scapegoat drives white males to drink?
25 posted on 10/31/2003 8:53:10 AM PST by PeyersPatches (I have intestinal fortitude)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Same logic can be used against Blacks/Hispanics for crime and HIV for male gays.
26 posted on 10/31/2003 8:58:59 AM PST by Fee
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To: All
The "logic" or lack thereof, used in this study is absurd.

--erik

27 posted on 10/31/2003 9:00:15 AM PST by erikm88
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To: Shryke
You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning.
28 posted on 10/31/2003 9:01:55 AM PST by MichiganCheese (What would Scooby Do?)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Something else to blame on white males.
29 posted on 10/31/2003 9:04:11 AM PST by white trash redneck
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I heard a different slant on this report. It said that when a large group of males of the SAME race or ethnicity gather, there is likely to be excessive drinking. It did not specifically demonize white males.
30 posted on 10/31/2003 9:07:34 AM PST by Myrddin
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To: Labyrinthos
Ever been to a Catholic College? Let me tell you about Carroll College in Montana in 1973. We were "binge drinkers" and we were white males and on top of that...we kicked ass in the class rooms.

My proudest moment was when we put down 35 16 gallon kegs of "green" beer at the St. Paddy's day party. I've never seen so much green puke in my life. Wish I would have had a video cam!
31 posted on 10/31/2003 9:19:36 AM PST by montomike (montomike)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Another handful of incense thrown on the altar of the Diversity god. They'll be sacrificing virgins next, if they can find any.
32 posted on 10/31/2003 9:34:49 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: montomike
Catholic Colleges don't have the same level of temperence as TCU, SMU, and BYC, where alcohol consumption, dancing, flirting, and doing anything that resembles a good time is frowned upon. I've spend many a day and night at Catholic Colleges over the years (Fordam, Iona, Marist, Siena, Villanova, and others), and I must say that I wish I could remember the good times that I must have had. Bottoms up.
33 posted on 10/31/2003 9:37:48 AM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: Flurry
Medical studies in Britain classify four drinks a day as light drinking. The difference in cultures!
34 posted on 10/31/2003 11:00:39 AM PST by aristeides
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To: aristeides
4 a day is abstension.
35 posted on 10/31/2003 11:35:52 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Living fast is fine as long as you steer well and have good brakes.)
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To: Labyrinthos
TCU (Disciples of Christ) and SMU (United Methodist) are hardly examples of zero tolerance for alcohol, dancing, etc., at least in modern times. These colleges are very liberal and are largely shunned by conservative evangelical Christians. If alcohol consumption at such colleges has declined in the last ten years or so, it is for the same reason it has dropped in the East Coast Catholic colleges you mentioned, because of PC neo-Puritanism, not Billy Sunday-style fundamentalism.
36 posted on 10/31/2003 11:45:37 AM PST by Wallace T.
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To: dirtboy
Yes, and a twelve-pack of beer is a starter kit. 8 * )
37 posted on 10/31/2003 11:50:22 AM PST by dubyagee
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
This article is proof that if it wasn't for whiskey, the Irish would be ruling the world.
38 posted on 10/31/2003 11:54:56 AM PST by Tailback
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
White Males Cause Binge Drinking

Of course we do. Now let's all hold hands and jump off a bridge together so we can do humanity a favor.

39 posted on 10/31/2003 11:58:44 AM PST by brewcrew
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
"The higher the percentage of minority, female and older students in a school"..

What a stupid study, if they looked at each of the groups above seperatly (and not just as !=youg white male) there might be something to chew on here but I am betting that the 'older students' account for the bulk of any difference..

Example 10 Students 6 young white male, 1 young white female 1 young minority, and 2 older white male. compare this to 10 Students 4 young white male, 1 young white female 1 young minority, and 4 older white male. wow less drinking myst be the white males and not the age is a problem..

40 posted on 10/31/2003 11:59:08 AM PST by N3WBI3
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To: dirtboy; tkathy; CSM; freekitty; aristeides; PeyersPatches; Fee; white trash redneck; Myrddin; ...
I saw this article as a vehicle through which the biased media continues to endorse racial quotas in our education system. If colleges are not mandated to accepted their allotments, this type of result should be expected.
41 posted on 10/31/2003 12:22:46 PM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Given that white males are to blame for everything bad that's ever happened in the history of planet Earth, why should binge drinking be any different?
42 posted on 10/31/2003 12:25:27 PM PST by jpl
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I never realized how much WASPS could imbibe until I went to my wife's prep-school reunion.

And they made fun of the Irish!

43 posted on 10/31/2003 12:28:10 PM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Semper Paratus
They're just jealous.
44 posted on 10/31/2003 12:29:28 PM PST by freeeee
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
When you have a homogenous group of drinkers, the banter can include politically incorrect comments that lampoon other groups. As the drinking group diversifies in race, ethnicity and gender, there is a tendency to restrict comments offensive to others in the group. Eventually, all you can do is shut up and drink. At that point, it is time to go.
45 posted on 10/31/2003 1:01:26 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Cathryn Crawford


These clowns will say anything to provide a justification for the unconstitutional, cultural Marxist appropriation scheme that "racial preference" in college affirmative admissions programs is.

46 posted on 10/31/2003 5:57:20 PM PST by DMZFrank
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