Students at Cornell and 31 other colleges and universities are being screened for alcoholism
as a part of a routine visit to the health center. Men are being asked if they had more than five drinks in a sitting in the last two weeks, and women are being asked if they had more than four. If they answer yes, they are sent to a health counselor or to AA. (Cornell also does depression screening.) Some students wonder why they are being asked about their drinking habits, when all they need is an antibiotic. The schools say that it is no more invasive than asking if the students smoke, and they are trying to get a handle on underage drinking. They are not reporting underage drinkers to the police.
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