Survey claims friends try to prevent drunk hookups

Every weekend, it’s easy to see the prevalence of the hookup culture at Georgetown. The number of hookups—and subsequent hookup horror stories—even led to three Georgetown students creation of WorstHookups.com, where students can share all the details of the encounters they’d rather forget.

Despite what appears to be a culture that encourages students to hookup when drunk, a new national study claims that the majority of undergraduates try to avoid this ritual.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s recently published, 141-person survey presented undergraduate respondents with a hypothetical scenario about their friend “Jane.” In the situation, Jane is drinking at a bar with her friends, then begins to drink with a guy at the bar who eventually invites her back to his place.

Researchers gave those being surveyed the option to tell Jane to have fun, try to persuade her that she will regret it, or make sure that Jane arrived home safely. They classified each as being high risk, moderate risk, and low risk, respectively. 39 percent of the students choose both the low and moderate risk choices. (Only 21 percent opted for the choice to wish Jane luck with her hookup.)

The NIAAA study also revealed that reminding “Jane” of her previous hookup horrors—or by simply tricking her in to doing something else—are prevalent tactics for trying to discourage drunken hookups.

The results come as no surprise to Jen Schweer, Georgetown’s sexual assault and relationship violence services coordinator. In an email to Vox, Schweer wrote that bystander intervention is a common topic of discussion during training and outreach sessions.

“I hear on a regular basis that the desire is there to intervene, support and help fellow students feel safe, sometimes it’s just a matter of finding the best and most comfortable ways of doing so,” Schweer wrote.

So, what do you think? Does this survey accurately describe Georgetown’s hookup scene?

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