York Region binge drinking ad causes controversy

A poster in the women’s washroom at the York University Student Centre has caused controversy as some students say it carries a sexist message. The ad is part of a safe substance use campaign launched by York Region and has been seen in bar washrooms around downtown Toronto, according to CBC Toronto. York Region is a regional municipality that stretches from Toronto to Lake Simcoe in Southern Ontario. The poster depicts a shocked woman looking down at her phone with her hand on her head. The ad reads, “don’t try to keep up with the guys.” Overlaying the picture are three Instagram photos from accounts called “collegegirl” and “collegeguy.”  The “collegegirl” Instagram photos show the woman meeting a guy and binge […]

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Food and drink blog: How to survive day drinking

With the Panda Game having come and gone, many students are probably kicking themselves for drinking too much. It is hard not to do so with the early start, pre-game parties, and a culture of binge drinking in the air. Day drinking is a lot different from night drinking, in that you don’t get to crash at the end of it. Instead, you have a whole night left filled with tiredness, headaches, and the overall post-drinking buzz. These tips should help you survive the next Panda Game more successfully (or whatever your day-drinking event may be). Personally, I know my goal for Panda was to be able to enjoy the game and make it out that night. To do that, I […]

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Letter: Binge drinking is a cultural problem for Canadians

On-campus organizations like CU Don’t Know that raise awareness for the dangers of drinking serve as a small reminder for an otherwise far larger issue. Binge drinking as a phenomenon is certainly nothing new, yet its impact can be seen anywhere from media representation to bars catering to a binge-oriented clientele. Lowering the drinking age alone won’t solve the issue of binge-drinking. Neither will less exposure in movies. Rather, we should appreciate and learn from a Latin European model which imparts, from a young age, a culturally responsible approach to alcohol and its consumption. Culturally, alcohol is portrayed as a taboo in most North American households, which, in conjunction with higher-than-average drinking ages, generates desire stemming from alcohol’s forbidden nature. […]

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Perspective: Know your limits and stick to them

It feels like someone is pounding your head in with a hammer. Your mouth is as dry as sandpaper. There is a pit in your stomach and you aren’t sure if it’s queasiness or anxiety. You fumble around your nightstand, desperately trying to feel for a cool glass of water without opening your eyes to the blaring sun. Since when was the sun so bright? You thought your residence blinds could block out anything but it feels like you’re on another, more blinding planet. Rolling over you realize you are completely and totally hungover. What happened last night? Those are mornings some can expect to happen in university—especially during frosh week. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and […]

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Binge drinking among young women topic of new CBC doc

Binge drinking among young Canadian women is the topic of a new CBC documentary. Girls’ Night Out, directed by filmmaker Phyllis Ellis, first aired on CBC on Feb. 25. The entire 44-minute documentary is free to watch online. The film addresses what Ellis calls the “not so new culture” of heavy drinking and features first-person narratives of eight women exploring their experience with drinking. Ellis’ film examines themes such as underlying feelings of acceptance, self-worth, and body image when consuming alcohol. The film also reveals some of the factors influencing excessive drinking: the glamorization of drinking through the media and by celebrities, escape from social pressures and anxieties, and a widespread drinking culture. Another theme of the documentary highlights the […]

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