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Undercover addiction: Why is alcohol so casual?

Maricarmen Becerra-Gonzalez, Reporter // September 12, 2023

As we shift into a culture focused on battling substance abuse, it seems one culprit continues to slip through the cracks. You can have it for breakfast, you can have it for lunch and you can have it for...

Places like Ray’s Liquor have actually seen a skyrocket in alcohol sales compared to other months. Photo credit: Joel Peterson

Chicoween: The “out-of-towners” legacy

Joel Peterson // November 2, 2019

Chicoween is here once again, and Chico may once again be raided by out-of-towners in search of a good party.Chico State has had a reputation of being called a party school dating back to the mid-80s....

Drunk in the dorms: should 21+ be allowed?

Rayanne Painter // December 11, 2018

As strict as the alcohol and drug policies are for Chico State’s on-campus housing, you’d think that residents would take them at least a little seriously. But when I lived in the residence...

Chico State lays out their alcohol policy very clearly to all of its athletes when the athlete first arrives at Chico State. Photo credit: Diego Ramirez

Chico State athletics and alcohol don’t mix

Andrew Baumgartner and Courtney Chapman // April 15, 2018

As we move on from cold and rain to nicer weather, there will be no shortages of partying Chico State students. This narrative of a typical weekend is different for student-athletes who are bound by a...

Drinking culture differs greatly from the U.S. and other countries around the world. Photo credit: Jaime Munoz

Legal drinking age in U.S. creates more problems than solutions

Grant Schmieding // February 19, 2018

Today, in addition to what the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism regards as a "pervasive binge drinking culture," the United States is one of the few countries in the world with a...

The seventh episode of Off The Record. Photo credit: The Orion

Off The Record | Episode 7 | Sex and drugs, Chico and marijuana, and drinking in class.

Roberto Fonseca // September 28, 2017

This revived series takes a look at what’s new in The Orion’s opinion section. Columnists discuss current events, local news and columns that can be found at The Orion website. This week, writers...

College man drinks his night away Photo credit: Briana Mcdaniel

Four steps to being drunk in class

Grayson Boyer // September 26, 2017

Getting drunk before class is an art form that many dabble in as an amateur, yet few have ever truly mastered. Years of careful study, meditation and deep introspection has led to a surefire list that...

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Chico scrutinizing binge-drinking too harshly

Nicole Henson // March 27, 2017

Chico State students are infamous for blurring the line of knowing how much alcohol is too much. While some people attribute binge drinking as a lack self-control, others wonder if they simply value getting...

Basic Drinking In America

Basic Drinking In America

Nicte Hernandez and Briana Mcdaniel // September 21, 2016

She walks into Riley's, screaming, "Buy me a shot!" Figuratively though, since she is about the hundredth girl to walk in on her 21st birthday with that infamous pink sash. In my opinion, this is the most...

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California’s tobacco measure will have negative results

Sean Daly // March 29, 2016
A new measure awaiting Governor Jerry Brown's signature aims to raise the minimum age to purchase or use tobacco in California to 21. Politicians with good intentions want to pass this legislation with possibly negative outcomes.

Hangover supplements fail to soothe

Veronica De La Cruz // September 25, 2014
Classic cures are more effective than the latest liquor store tricks.

Friends in low places offer life lessons

Kevin Crittenden // May 3, 2014
Some thoughts about learning from the pitfalls of others
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