On the afternoon of September 16, 2004, freshman Lynn Gordon Bailey Jr., pledged Chi Psi Fraternity at the University of Colorado. The morning after, the 18 year-old was found dead, he had become yet another statistic of irresponsible drinking by today’s youth. The sad thing about this situation is not only was the teenagers life cut short, but the truth is it was completely preventable.
Focused on sending a message about the dangers of drinking games, Haze is a feature-length documentary film that brings to light the staggering death toll of US college students who are losing their lives to binge drinking, alcohol-laden hazing rituals, and rapid-fire drinking games. It estimated that as a result of these drinking rituals over 1,700 students will lose their lives each year, while another 100,000 become the victims of sexual assault fuelled by heavy drinking.
Haze has one simple objective, to save lives and prevent harm while sending a clear message that if friends, fraternity brothers and sisters follow a few simple steps, the deaths of many kids could be saved.
While Haze won’t put a stop to irresponsible drinking, it is a starting point for young adults and parents to better educate themselves on what to look for in order to save a life.