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Opinion | Pandemic stress exacerbates harm in drinking among college students

Opinion | Pandemic stress exacerbates harm in drinking among college students

By Dalia Maeroff, Senior Staff Columnist March 24, 2021
Pandemic-induced stress has not only exacerbated mental health issues but changed drinking culture to more of a coping mechanism.
According to the American Psychological Association, 22% of people reported binge drinking in February 2020, compared to 27% in April 2020.

Students report drinking less during pandemic

By Allison Radziwon, Staff Writer March 23, 2021
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the added stress, fear and uncertainty has led many to develop new habits as a way to cope. But for many Pitt students, the new standard is drinking less.
Opinon | Drinking alone in the time of COVID-19

Opinon | Drinking alone in the time of COVID-19

By Genna Edwards, Staff Columnist April 8, 2020
I expected to feel, well, kind of like a loser, drinking alone in my little South Oakland bedroom, but the exact opposite happened. I felt awesome.
Staff writer Sarah Morris (left) had her first drink at 21 this past week. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Morris)

Taking a shot: trying alcohol for the first time at 21

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer October 23, 2017

“No, thank you,” quickly became my most commonly uttered phrase on weekends once I moved away to college — I would continuously be offered drinks at parties and would continuously turn them down. I’m...

Marcus Cox, husband to Pitt economics professor Andrea La Nauze, brews his own beer. Stephen Caruso | Assistant Visual Editor

Economics of thirst: Pittsburgh transplants brew up romance

By Stephen Caruso / Contributing Editor April 14, 2017

The dry river bed in Andrea La Nauze’s backyard inspired her to study economics. Fellow Australian Marcus Cox just wanted to quench thirsts with his self-crafted brews. Together, the two make the perfect...

Higher education: Drug & alcohol problem requires treatment, not punishment

By Kirsten Wong / For The Pitt News September 23, 2015

According to popular media, college life includes over-the-top parties, unlimited freedom, acceptance of drugs and alcohol and, occasionally, a class or two. This is best portrayed in movies like “22...

A defense of the cocktail, and a guide to the old fashioned

A defense of the cocktail, and a guide to the old fashioned

By John Lavanga / A&E Editor November 20, 2013

Every weekend, thousands of college students of legal drinking age make a run on their local liquor store. With whatever money they’ve managed to save up by skipping meals, working somewhat humiliating...

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