"Pass out pages" growing in popularity in college

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Binge drinking is nothing new, especially in college, but posting it on social media is new.

They’re called "Pass out pages," and it’s a trend hitting college campuses around the country. They live up to their name too, literally showing people passed out after drinking too much.

Pictures are posted of students either in an odd position or a compromising one. Some worry this is making the problem of college-age drinking even worse.

"It does kind of expose those sorts of situations, I guess," Mason Bartlett, a student at the University of Missouri, said.

The pages are gaining popularity at universities across the country like Iowa State, LSU, University of Georgia, KU, KState and University of Missouri.

In fact, a page created using Mizzou's name now has more than 14,000 followers.

"I think it's mostly fun and games because for the most part there's not a whole lot of connection to the people unless you know them," Bartlett said.

Bartlett said students have known about the page for a few years, and he thinks it's mostly harmless.

But some of the photos are alarming to drug addiction specialist Keith Faison.

"It is offensive," Faison said.

He is the Senior Clinician with First Call Alcohol/Drug Prevention & Recovery in Kansas City.

"Once you put something on social media, you can't take it back," he said.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than 1800 students a year die from alcohol-related injuries. Faison said he worries this glorification of over drinking could be deadly or, at the very least, lead to addiction.

"There is a fine line between abuse and dependency and once you cross over to dependency, you can't go back," he said.   

Mizzou sent 41 Action News us a statement saying in part:

"The university is completely opposed to such twitter accounts as @mizzoupassout. Social media such as this goes completely counter to what we educate and encourage our students to do."

"It seems more of a harmless thing but then again who knows," Bartlett said.

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