College Drinking

Now that students are returning to college it's a good time to look at the prevalence of high risk drinking among students and our attitudes towards it. Almost 2,000 college students die each year from alcohol related causes. Over 500,000 are injured. High risk drinking is the hallmark of the fraternity/sorority system as well as many intercollegiate sports. Unfortunately many still believe it's a harmless rite of passage and kids "blowing off steam". Here's a link to an op-ed piece from the President of Cornell University about the steps they are taking to address this with their fraternities and sororities:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/24/opinion/a-pledge-to-end-fraternity-hazing.html?_r=1&hp

Here are some statistics I found interesting:

http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/statssummaries/snapshot.aspx

If that many students died or were injured from other causes it would create an uproar. Why not this?