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Clarah Grossman / Graphic by Ally Rzesa - Beacon Staff

My drink of choice? Cannabis

By Clarah Grossman
December 14, 2019

My mom peer-pressured me to drink in high school.  When I say peer-pressured, I do not mean she encouraged me to do keg stands or taught me how to play flip cup while downing as many beers as possible....

Graphic by Ally Rzesa

Op-ed: American age restrictions increase students’ craving for alcohol

By Xinyan Fu, Columnist
April 17, 2019

When I decided to study abroad in the United States I received advice about the drinking culture at American colleges. One friend, a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told me that drinking...

Guilt-tripping individuals for staying in can make them feel needlessly self-conscious. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Op-ed: Don’t let peer pressure trick you into partying

By Katie Schmidt
March 27, 2019

When I attended community college, I became an inside joke with my friends because I didn’t go out that often. If you stayed in on the weekend, or avoided a party because you had too much work, or weren’t...

Lorelei Bandrovschi 09 is currently crowdfunding to find a permanent home for her booze-free bar, Listen Bar. Photo Courtesy of Shannon Sturgis

Alumna takes the booze out of the bar

By Caroline Broderick
January 20, 2019

As Lorelei Bandrovschi's 27th birthday neared, she asked 27 of her friends to each give her a personal challenge. She initially disliked one challenge to quit drinking for a month, but it ultimately...

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