The only thing unusual about this day's pre-gaming is that it actually precedes a game. In the two decades since the legal drinking age was raised to 21, the term has come to encompass any rapid consumption of alcohol in private before venturing out to venues where drinking may not be possible.
—Kevin Sack, "At the Legal Limit," The New York Times, November 2, 2008
This new form of binge drinking goes far beyond a warm-up to a night out with friends, says a new report by Centre for Addiction and Mental Health researcher Samantha Wells and two colleagues at the University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario.
It's an "intense, ritualized and unsupervised" drinkfest, in many cases perfectly timed so that the booze hits the bloodstream within minutes of stepping inside the bar, Wells said in a telephone interview from London, Ont.
—Susan Pigg, "'Pre-drinking' binges by kids dangerous, study warns," The Toronto Star, December 17, 2008
—Marcia Apperson, "Students compare drinking habits between James Madison U. and schools abroad," University Wire, October 21, 1999