Why is alcohol commonly involved in hazing deaths?

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Michele Borba
Psychology
In 82% of hazing deaths, a huge amount of alcohol consumed is involved. Alcohol is sometimes referred to as "liquid courage," and it's plain to see why the vast majority of college student athletes and pledges to fraternities and sororities would need to be brave when going through hazing. It can involve beatings, public humiliation, or simply being forced to chug copious amounts of alcohol. As one researcher, professor Hank Nuwer, put it, "We're talking levels which would be approaching basically half of your blood system being filled with liquor."
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