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Dartmouth College tackles binge drinking culture

In two years, a dramatic drop in hospitalizations

HANOVER, N.H. — It is the school that inspired the movie “Animal House,” that classic paean to fraternity hijinks. Its students are said to have invented the ubiquitous drinking game of beer pong. Last year, the college drew international attention for a former fraternity member’s sensational exposé on alcohol-fueled hazing.

And yet, Dartmouth College has in the past two years become a national leader in trying to reduce binge drinking, making many changes on campus, large and small, and founding a national collaborative to share ideas among dozens of campuses.

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