Drinking and hazing

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Drinking and hazing

How prevalent has drinking been in taking lives during hazing? Well, the first hazing death went back to 1873 at Corndel, but hazing became a huge problem when alcohol was added to the mix around 1970. From 1970 to 2012 we've had at least one death from hazing every year and sometimes many deaths, and about 8 out of 10 of those deaths are alcohol related. Since 1970, alcohol would be the biggest cause of deaths. And it's so insidious because students are having fun. They say they've experienced parties where they are present where drinking has been present. In a lot of the cases I've investigated the victim has been partying or laughing and then suddenly is missing, goes off to a closet to hide, goes behind an air conditioner and can't be found, simply collapses or is put to bed to sleep it off and sleeps it off forever. The young people are amazed the next day because they don't think alcohol can kill. You need to educate about alcohol, you need to go to some of these organizations which can talk about the danger signs with alcohol, and you have to tell your son or daughter that hazing deaths by alcohol would be a violent way to go. The students are writhing, are losing control of their bowels, it is an awful way to die.

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Hank Nuwer

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Hank Nuwer is a writer and social critic who writes on the topic of hazing as an international human rights abuse issue and USA high school and campus safety issue. The State University of New York's Buffalo State College awarded him a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1999 and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2006 for his long career as a hazing historian and researcher. His first investigative story on hazing appeared in 1978 for Human Behavior Magazine, including his groundbreaking interview on hazing as a form of Groupthink conducted with Groupthink theorist Irving Janis.  

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