non-fraternity and non-sorority members. The results were 75.1 percent against 48.6 percent for fraternity members versus non-fraternity members, and 62.4 percent against40.9 percent for sorority members versus non-sorority members. The article alsodiscusses “consequences” of alcohol consumption among greek members. Some of theconsequences stated were ill effects on health, safety, and academics especially amongfraternities and sororities leaders. There are not only consequences for those who areconsuming large amounts of alcohol but also to others around them. For example sororitymembers are more likely to be victims of attempted or actual rape than non-sororitymembers. Another question that is brought to the light is do fraternities and sororitiessupport drinking? One study conducted by the University of Alabama discovered thatgreek members increased their drinking more than non-greek members after startingcollege. With all this information about how members of fraternities and sororities abusealcohol and other drugs, as well as participate in violent activities. The Higher EducationCenter advertises their prevention services that the fraternities, sororities, and collegecampuses could use help reduce the abuse.This source will be most useful. It is informative on the statistics of the abuse of alcoholand other drugs. The article also brings up important questions about the specific topic of greek members. It shows us the problems, but it also provides potential solutions to the problem of substance abuse.Marklein, Mary Beth. "USATODAY.com - Binge Drinking's Campus Toll."
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. USATODAY.com, 27 Feb. 2002. Web. 11 Apr. 2011.<http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/child/2002-02-28-campus-binge-drinking.htm>.USA TODAY is a recognizable news reporter of national news. Articles can be a searchedand accessed online. The author has worked with USA TODAY since 1997. Shespecifically covers higher education for USA TODAY, such as college students.This article depicts the harsh realities of binge drinking among fraternities and sororities.One case that is presented within the article is that of Daniel Rearden of the University of Maryland. Who was found at the Phi Sigma Kappa house while in cardiac arrest. Whoalso had ironically just accepted a bid to join the fraternity. Daniel was taken off lifesupport on February 14th, 2002, Autopsy reports were not “available” at the time, but astatement from the university states that alcohol “may have played an important” role inhis death. One statistic that is astonishing is that 56 deaths have resulted from fraternitiesabusing alcohol or hazing. The results are plain and simple that among greek membersalcohol consumption is a lot higher that non-greek members. Drastic actions are having to be taken in order to control the binge drinking and the consequences of binge drinking.The University of Buffalo cancelled all greek activities for a week, as well as suspendinga fraternity and charging some students with breaking hazing and drinking laws.Universities are not the only ones taking action, National Greek organizations are“banning alcohol and hazing” from the houses. But leaders of the fraternities say thatthey are unjustly discriminated against because of how they are depicted by the media.Alcohol will always be an issue among fraternities and sororities, but also any collegestudent. Should Greek Letter Societies be eliminated from college campuses or theuniversity all together?