So, what is binge drinking? According to Jack Hitt, author of The Battle of The Binge, it is the act of “regularly pounding down four or five stiff ones in a row to get blasted.” Obviously, there is a sense of humor to his definition, but Hitt could not be any more right. Studies are beginning to show that the casual libation at dinner is fleeting, and the consumption of multiple alcoholic beverages in short amounts of time is becoming more and more popular. The question is, is binge drinking ok? Every year at colleges around the world, a new freshmen class is being introduced to the bright new world of independence. College students are own their own for the first time, ready to experience new activities and start their independent life. However, the college scene, nowadays, revolves strongly around the consumption of alcohol. Of course, the heads of the school are not promoting this, yet the atmosphere of the college life is promoting the drinking. Most kids have been sheltered by parents for their entire lives, so when they get to college, they chose to go wild. Mr. Hitt said, “For college students, booze has been subsumed into the Manichean battle of our drug war. It’s either Prohibition or cave into the hippies’ legislation schemes.” Most kids start college at the age of eighteen; however, the legal drinking age is twenty-one. What Hitt is saying is that it is illegal for most of these students to drink, and because of human nature, the kids want to do what they are not allowed to do, which is, drink. However, the drinking is not the problem; the binge drinking is, in fact, the problem. Because kids are not legally allowed to drink and they are on their own for their first time, they want to abuse the right to drink. “Drive off campus or hide in the woods (often alone) and guzzle a pint of bourbon.” The idea of being drunk is what fuels binge drinking. Going out and getting a buzz then going to a party makes it a heck of a lot easier to for a guy to talk to that girl that he has been meaning to ask out. Now I agree fully with Mr. Hitt, having a beer or glass of wine at dinner or a social gathering is totally fine. Even like Hitt said, “We drank wildly in the 70’s, too.” College kids are going to drink and going to get drunk. It has been that way since the dawn of fraternities and sororities, heck, maybe even before that. The fact of the matter is that the binge drinking does not need to get to the point where the government begins outlawing alcohol or raising the drinking age even more. If one is to binge drink, he or she does not need to drive. Call a taxi, a friend, or a pledge (had to say it). Binge drinking is already causing colleges to makes rules to regulate it. “Ohio University’s zero tolerance program has proudly outlawed empty beer cans in the dorm. Nearly 7 percent of the entire 16,000-student enrollment last year was disciplined for alcohol abuse.” 7 percent may not seem like a lot, but “the binge rate among students there hasn’t budged from an astounding 60 percent.” While only 7 percent got busted, 60 percent of the 16,000 students still binge drink. That is astounding. Jack Hitt seems like a pretty down to earth guy. He’s had his college experience and drank one to many a time or two. He is experienced in the field of alcohol. However, people should really listen to what he is saying and not abuse the right of drinking. Sure, they’re going to be times where one crosses that limit of drinks. So, for the binge drinkers, be aware of the danger it can cause and try to learn to limit the amount of drinks consumed on any given night. Also, don’t ruin it for the people who still believe in a cold beer or glass of wine at dinner.