Created By: Jewbacabra on July 21, 2011 Last Edited By: Jewbacabra on July 22, 2011

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In college, there is no legal drinking age and everyone's a heavy-weight.

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In college there is a lack of a drinking age. Students who are obviously freshman can be seen carrying around beer.

Alongside that, the students who do drink end up drinking a lot of alcohol. There is no limit to the amount they can intake. Everyone is a heavy-weight.

Name is temporary, I chose it for the alliteration. Description is also short (but to the point) so if anyone has thoughts on expanding it that'd be good.

EX: Van Wilder: Freshman Year. The title says "Freshman" but that doesn't stop Van from alcohol.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • July 21, 2011
    The same might be said for high school.
  • July 21, 2011
    Until the USA raised the drinking age to 21 in all states, there was no problem with college students drinking age in the United States, as almost all college students are 18 or over. Those 17 could easily get someone else to buy it and no fuss was made.
  • July 21, 2011
    ^Yea I guess you could just assume that all drinkers just got it from a secondary source, even though it's never explicitly stated. Ever.

  • July 21, 2011
    While most underage people have difficulty buying alcohol directly from a store, most of them can get it from an older friend or just get some at a party where nobody cares. Student who are obviously freshmen can fairly easily get beer in real life.
  • July 21, 2011
    Revenge Of The Nerds: all the nerds are freshmen but with the exception of Child Prodigy Wormser all drink no problem. They even have more than one event in the frat competition that revolves around drinking.
  • July 21, 2011
    Certainly no problem in Australia where the legal drinking age is 18.
  • July 21, 2011
    ditto in the UK, where technically it is 18, but far from uncommon to see 14-16 year olds drunk in public. TBH it would actually strain disbelief somewhat if we heard an 18 year old protest they had never been drunk before, and be seen as a mark of an extremely sheltered life and naivety.
  • July 21, 2011
    Double ditto in (most) of Canada, where the legal drinking age is 18 or 19 depending on the province. Again, most College students are legally able to purchase booze, and just like above, those who aren't can get someone older to bootleg.
  • July 21, 2011
    Why isn't this People Sit On Chairs? It's not like underage drinking is unheard of IRL? This is, AFAIK, pretty realistic depiction of what goes on in IRL and not a trope as defined.
  • July 22, 2011
    foxley - strictly speaking, since you can be at university prior to turning 18, it can still be an issue.

    Anyway, I think the trope, as it stands, is People Sit On Chairs, as peccantis says. However, if the trope were to be expanded to say that everyone who is studying at university/college drinks frequently, irrespective of whether they're legal age or not, then it might be reasonable.
  • July 22, 2011
    I agree - it should be limited to scenarios in which underage drinking is not only unrealistically prevalent in scope, but extreme in magnitude. It doesn't have to be everyone - in fact a significant plot point can be the one sober holdout's fight against temptation - but unless it requires some level of Willing Suspension Of Disbelief, I don't think it's tropeable.

    However, a Real Life example might be a note that underage drinking is a lot more prevalent than some might think or perceive.
  • July 22, 2011
    I think there's a difference between "Everybody in college drinks a lot" - which would be Chairs - and "Everybody in college drinks a lot, out in the open, and the college administration/local police don't care/actively encourage it."