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BOZEMAN — Officials say the seven fraternities at Montana State University have voluntarily given up hard liquor.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that Montana State Dean of Students Matt Caires told University Council members this week that the fraternities had adopted the policy to be "hard alcohol free," joining a national trend fueled by hard alcohol's links with sexual assaults and hazing deaths.

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Alpha Gamma Rho member and Montana State Interfraternity Council President Tory Johnson says all the fraternity presidents and representatives voted for the new policy to take effect Jan. 31.

Caires says most Montana State fraternities can still serve beer and wine to people over 21. The difference is that hard alcohol gets people intoxicated much faster, and it's much easier for people to drink too much too fast and pass out.

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