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U.Va. tries to put a cork on pre-game drinking

Saturday - 11/30/2013, 10:50am  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- The University of Virginia is trying to put a cork on a marginal booze-drenched tradition.

The annual drinking spree is called the "the fourth-year fifth." It involves students attempting to finish off of a fifth of liquor before kickoff of the most-anticipated game of the season -- U.Va.'s showdown with cross-state rival Virginia Tech.

That game is scheduled Saturday.

U.Va. administrators call it a fringe student event rather than a true U.Va. tradition, but they're taking a firm stand against the practice.

The Daily Progress ( reports that administrators and peer education groups are reaching out to minimize participation in this year's "fourth-year fifth."

Past surveys show only about 17 percent of respondents partake in the practice.


Information from: The Daily Progress,

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