Archive for February, 2009

[CR] Week in Review

Friday, February 6th, 2009

It was another busy week for [CR] President John McCardell, as he traveled to give presentations in Indiana at DePauw University and in Kentucky at Eastern Kentucky University. We’ve also received word that the student governments at James Madison University and Clarkson University are considering bills in favor of the Amethyst Initiative. Clearly, the demand for an open conversation about the drinking age isn’t going away. The debate has even popped up in some state legislatures, and you can read about those developments in this edition of the [CR] Week in Review:

Stories this week:

Legislators in Minnesota and New Hampshire are considering bills that would lower the drinking age in those states. You can read the details of New Hampshire Representative Timothy Henderson’s bill in The Dartmouth, while Minnesota Public Radio and the Minnesota Independent have coverage of the situation in Minnesota.

On a related note, State Legislatures Magazine sat down with Matthew Gever, a policy associate with the National Conference of State Legislatures, and recorded a podcast on the drinking age debate in different states across the country. Visit the NCSL’s Thicket blog for the audio.

Deminski and Doyle, the morning show hosts at Detroit’s WCSX 94.7 FM, expressed their support for the Amethyst Initiative in a segment they recorded earlier in the week. You can listen to the segment at their WCSX page.

In other news…

Meghan Reilly, a legislative analyst with the Connecticut Office of Legislative Research, published a short summary of the history of the drinking age debate in Connecticut in a new OLR report.

Researchers at The University of Texas School of Public Health found more evidence that positive interventions between college students can help curb binge drinking. The results of their latest study will be published in the February issue of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. You can read about the details of the intervention method here.

First offense DUI in Italy

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Drivers in Italy who are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol are imprisoned for up to one month, and receive a license suspension for up to 3 months. This is just for a first offense.

[CR] Week in Review

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Choose Responsibility President John McCardell spent some time in California last week, participating in a debate at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and filming a segment with Professor Glenn Reynolds of PajamasTV. Local NBC affiliate KSBY-TV covered the debate, and you can see Dr. McCardell’s PJTV appearance here. Here’s the latest [CR] Week in Review to help keep you up to date on the news from the rest of the country:

[CR] News:

PolitickerNJ posted some early details about the task force on underage drinking in New Jersey that was formed after Dr. McCardell’s testimony in front of the New Jersey Senate Education committee back in November.

David Pflughoeft, a student at Menomonee Falls High School in Wisconsin, published a guest column in last Thursday’s Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in support of legal drinking age that is consistent with the age of majority.

In one of his “Raw Fisher” posts from last week, the Washington Post‘s Marc Fisher wrote about a “Good Samaritan” bill in Virginia that would offer amnesty to underage drinkers who call 911 to get medical attention for a friend who has consumed too much alcohol. The legislature shelved the bill for now, but Fisher thinks it would be a good idea for lawmakers to revisit the issue sometime in the future.

In other news…

A new product on the shelves at Icing by Claire’s clothing stores has drawn the ire of parents and prevention officials. The Boston Herald reported last week that the newest accessories stocked by the chain are “fashionable flasks decorated with gemstones and star-shaped charms.” Though the retailer maintains that the target audience for its products is over 21, many parents are concerned that younger shoppers could use the stylish flasks to drink alcohol. David DeIuliis of MADD Massachusetts said the product line is “irresponsible…it sends a message that condones underage drinking.”

Join Together posted a research summary outlining a study on college drinking that will appear in the March issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The researchers, based in the Netherlands, found that college students who received advice from their peers about alcohol were less likely to engage in binge drinking.