Archive for January, 2009

Philip Cook on the Amethyst Initiative

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Duke University economics professor Philip Cook is publishing a week-long series on alcohol control policy at the popular legal blog Volokh Conspiracy. Today, he expressed support for [CR]’s mission in a post about the Amethyst Initiative and suggested a specific legislative approach: He’d like to see “a ‘learners permit’ approach to youthful drinking, whereby a ‘drinking license’ would be given to 18 year olds and subject to suspension if they abused it.” Read the rest of his post here.

Frequent Binge Drinking

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

The Harvard School of Public Health 1999 College Alcohol Study surveyed students on 119 college campuses throughout the country and found that almost one in four students were frequent binge drinkers, meaning they binged three or more times in a two-week period. While there is evidence that the ratio of students who have ever binged has changed little since the drinking age was raised to 21, the available evidence suggests that the frequency of binge drinking has increased as well as the volume of alcohol typically consumed.

[CR] Week in Review

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Happy 2009 – we hope you had a safe and healthy holiday season, and here at [CR] we’re ready to take the debate about binge drinking into the new year armed with some fresh ideas and newfound support. Here’s the latest [CR] news to start us off in the new year:

Stories the week:

Maureen Downey profiled William Durden, President of Dickinson College and an Amethyst Initiative signatory, in a recent edition of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Thomas Downs, an Editorial Board member at the Home News Tribune in East Brunswick, NJ wrote an op-ed about the drinking age debate and concluded that the conversation is certainly one worth having.

New Year’s resolutions are popular this time of year, and Tim Redmond, Editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, made a list of resolutions he’d like to see other people pursue in 2009. He wants the federal government rethink the drinking age.

Seattle’s Child magazine posted an article by Sally James about Choose Responsibility and the drinking age in the Pacific Northwest from earlier in December.

In other news…

On January 1, five states began mandating the installation of alcohol ignition interlocks for all first-time DUI offenders. Alaska, Illinois, Nebraska, Colorado, and Washington state will have the new legislation on the books this year, and South Carolina will mandate ignition interlocks for repeat offenders. Michael Tarm of the Associated Press profiled the new law in Illinois.

A new study conducted by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey indicated that parental supervision can help curb dangerous drinking habits by young adults both before they enter college and after they enroll. The study also found that about 25% of college students surveyed strongly support the Amethyst Initiative, with a majority of 57% either somewhat supportive, neutral, or somewhat opposed.

Did we miss anything? Send us your links in the comments.