Princeton Prof: ‘Pampered’ College Students Use ‘Pathetic’ Excuse Of Loneliness To Binge Drink

Rob Shimshock | Education Reporter

A Princeton professor slammed “pampered” college students who use the “pathetic” excuse of loneliness to binge drink in a Sunday article.

Uwe Reinhardt, a political economy, economics, and public affairs professor at Princeton, made the remarks in a letter to the editor featured in the SundayReview section of The New York Times.

Reinhardt said that students suffering from loneliness should consider the situation in which 18-year-old soldiers find themselves.

“After such contemplation the students may take comfort from the fact that they are among the most pampered and highly privileged human beings on the planet,” said the professor. “Using loneliness as an excuse for binge drinking is just pathetic.”

The 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that approximately 40 percent of college students engaged in binge drinking.

“Alas, the most likely response among college boards of trustees and administrators will be to load just one more layer of comfort-providing deans onto the payroll to provide succor to the young people when they are lonely,” he wrote.

But the professor did offer a suggestion for how students should spend their time prior to enrolling in higher education.

“Before applying to college, every candidate should be required to spend one to two years in a tough job in the real world,” said Reinhardt. “They would enter that job as adolescents and emerge from it as adults capable of better appreciating what a privilege a college education is.”

Former Ivy League colleague Dr. Jordan B. Peterson has also defied progressive politics recently, refusing to use atypical gender pronouns and denouncing a Harvard University faculty committee’s recommendation to ban the school’s fraternities. (RELATED: Dr. Jordan B. Peterson Talks Gender Pronouns, Potential Harvard Frat Ban [VIDEO])

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Reinhardt for additional comment but received none in time for publication.

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