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Beating the binge

With no easy fixes, Lutheran colleges and campus ministries take on binge drinking

I don't remember much of what happened that night," confesses "Mark," a college junior and ELCA member who wishes to remain anonymous. He filled in most of the blanks of what happened from friends and the police report.

Mark, like the other students interviewed for this article, didn't drink in high school. He didn't expect to become a binge drinker at college. But he did — Mark drank heavily most weekends. "The point of my drinking was to get hammered," he says.

Last year, while drinking steadily at a house party, Mark unknowingly ate "mushrooms" — a hallucinogenic drug. He returned to campus out of control, entered the wrong dormitory and then physically attacked a friend who tried to stop him.


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