Summary/Response # 1
1. In “Curbing college drinking starts with a change of attitude” Sara Fritz explains that college drinking is a serious problem. Empowerment is an essential tool for college students, parents, and authorities to fight against alcohol abuse.
2. The over consumption of alcohol has become a cancer. For example, over a million young adults have died every year as consequence of alcohol. Students don't understand how dangerous excessive drinking can be. When parents try to explain their negative personal experiences with overuse of alcohol, instead of taking it as advice, students take the information as an excuse to overuse themselves.
College authorities are trying to reduce the consumption of alcohol but their efforts is very superficial. For example, they give up very easy implementing programs which moderate the consumption of alcohol. Social scientists are trying to uncover the real secret behind college drinking and how it can be reduced. Scientist Mark Goldman has clear ideas of what needs to be done to fix the problem in the areas of environment, population, and targeting specific at-risk consumers of alcohol.
Finally, if students have a new perspective and use critical thinking on their consumption of alcohol it could represent a solution.
3. The author’s purpose in writing this article is to persuade students, parents, and educators to have a new perspective about consumption of alcohol. The author presented emotionally negative facts about the consumption of alcohol. For example, “Each year, about 1,400 college students between ages 18 and 24 die of alcohol-related injuries, including auto accidents, alcohol poisoning and suicide”. This statement clearly takes one side of the debate about college drinking. As another example, “Before any such program can succeed, students must be convinced that binge drinking is not normal”. The author's tone is impassioned and pessimistic showing she has strong feelings and does