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You poor kids.

That's three hours they can't get back.

When freshmen at North Carolina State University arrive on the Raleigh campus this year, they will have to take a three-hour Internet course on the dangers of drinking alcohol.

It's the first time that the school has required its 5,000 incoming freshmen to take the course.

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Some students consider the class a useless chore, but public health advocates say it prepares young students for their new freedom and the drinking culture that marks so many college campuses.

When I was at State way back in the first half of this decade, you only had to take this course if you were caught in the dry dorms with alcohol. Which I was once. And yes, it is a useless chore.

I also got to write a fun essay about alcohol something something and et cetera! As if it isn't punishment enough when they make you pour whatever alcohol they find down the drain. I had some suitemates who were forced to say goodbye to a rather large store of delicious beverages. The mental anguish lingered for days.