1982: A Hard Look at Drinking on Campus

March 27, 2016


50 Years of Covers

In November 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education will mark its 50th anniversary. To lead up to the occasion, we’ve chosen front pages featuring some of our reporting on key events in higher education and capturing the zeitgeist of the nation’s colleges and universities over the years.

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Alcohol abuse on campuses is well documented and was long tolerated. "People assumed you went to college, drank up, had a good time, and graduated," Gerardo M. Gonzalez, a researcher at the University of Florida, told The Chronicle. But times were changing. "I suspect what happened was that as we started to look at drug use in the late '60s, what came up in study after study was that the major drug in use was alcohol," said Mr. Gonzalez, who retired last year as dean of the School of Education at Indiana University at Bloomington. The Chronicle has continued to cover the issue over the years, most notably in "A River of Booze," in November 2014.