Alcohol in the Vulnerable Lives of College Women

"I love a stage," Sandy told me. I was doing research for a chapter on college women, for my book on women and alcohol, and she was explaining why she had liked to binge drink from ages 15 to 18. She had binged on weekends, she said, to blow off steam. One night, during her freshman year, she ran drunkenly onto a highway and was hit by a truck going 35 miles an hour. Miraculously, she was not badly hurt.

In a way, Sandy was lucky to have had the accident. Her family was shocked into