Archive for May, 2009

Colorado Daily: Drinking Age Unfair – And Dangerous

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Joe Carr of the Independence Institute, a Coloado public policy think tank, wrote an op-ed on the legal drinking age in the Sunday edition of the Colorado Daily. Carr believes Legal Age 21 is “flat-out dangerous,” and he thinks a policy that allows young adults “to appreciate the responsibility that goes with drinking under a controlled parental environment” could help encourage safe consumption.

[CR] Week in Review

Friday, May 8th, 2009

By popular demand, [CR] has joined Twitter, the popular social networking site and micro-blogging service. If you want to be one of the first to receive news alerts, volunteer opportunities, and event announcements, follow us @CResponsibility. We’ll keep you posted on all the latest [CR] happenings around the country and here in our Washington office. For the rest of this week’s news, check out these headlines:

Stories this week:

Amy Calder of the Waterville Morning Sentinel interviewed [CR] President John McCardell about his work with the Amethyst Initiative. If you missed the story earlier this week, you can read his comments and hear about the debate over the legal drinking age in Maine.

The editors of The Lantern gave Amy Hoover’s latest opinion column on the dangers of irresponsible drinking a provocative but fitting headline: “It’s Fun and Games Until You Black Out.”

KRNV-TV in Reno, Nevada had the details of a new anti-drunk driving campaign at the University of Nevada-Reno called “Do The Ride Thing.” Participants in the program “receive UNR dog tags that are good for discounts at certain places near campus in exchange for their pledge to be responsible designated drivers.” This program is new, but it’s a fresh approach for a community that has struggled with abusive drinking and drunk driving. What do you think?

As the end of the academic year approaches, we’ve reached prom and graduation season, which can be a dangerous time of year for alcohol-related injuries and deaths. Check out our resources for more information about how to enjoy this time of year safely and responsibly.

In other news…

Following the recent alcohol-related deaths of students Dalton Hawkins, 18, and Jason Wren, 19, Kansas University announced some changes to its parental notification policy for students who violate university alcohol policy more than once.  The Lawrence Journal-World editorial board applauded the changes, and so did Kansas City Star columnist Barb Shelley, who wrote, “Involving parents is a no-brainer.” What’s your take on this change?

The editorial board at the Asbury Park Press expressed its support for a new medical amnesty bill that’s under consideration in the New Jersey legislature. Check out the details of the bill here.

Send us a link in the comments if you found a story that we need to know about.

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Thursday, May 7th, 2009

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Asbury Park Press: Amnesty Law Could Save Lives

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported on a new medical amnesty law that’s under consideration in the New Jersey legislature. According to staff writer Eli Segall, “the bill would grant immunity to anyone under 21 who’s been drinking or illegally has alcohol if that person calls police when another underage person drinks too much and needs medical help.” The New Jersey Senate Law, Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs Committee heard testimony from Daniel Meth, whose friend died after a night of heavy drinking in college seven years ago. During his testimony, Meth said that he “never called for help, fearing he’d get caught for underage drinking.”

Today, the editorial board of the Asbury Park Press expressed its support for the bill: “Amnesty must compel personal responsibility to have any meaning beyond the immediate moment of crisis. But, in the face of foolish and needless death, the Legislature is acting in a way that makes it easy for the temporarily irresponsible to do the right thing. And maybe save a life.”

What are your thoughts on the new bill? Let us know in the comments.

Morning Sentinel: Arrests Spur Debate in Maine

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Amy Calder of the Waterville Morning Sentinel covered the story of some controversial arrests for underage drinking at Colby College, and this past weekend, she decided to interview [CR] President John McCardell about his work with the Amethyst Initiative. Check out the article to read his comments, as well as statements from a few local college presidents.

Dartmouth Symposium Wrap-Up

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Chistina Wray, a staff reporter with The Dartmouth, posted an article about last Friday’s MLDA 21 symposium at Dartmouth College. [CR] President John McCardell gave a presentation at the event, as did Harvard Economics Professor Jeffrey Miron and a number of other experts on the issue of the legal drinking age. Read the wrap-up piece here.

[CR] Week in Review

Friday, May 1st, 2009

This morning, [CR] President John McCardell is in New Hampshire to participate in the Dartmouth Center on Addiction and Recovery Education’s fifth-annual substance abuse symposium. He’ll be joining a group of experts and researchers to discuss the implications of the legal drinking age. For the latest on other [CR] happenings this week, check out these headlines:

Stories this week:

[CR] Executive Director Mike Giuliani was a recent guest on The Libertarian Dime, a weekly internet podcast hosted by Shane Brady and Jonathan Farr. Mike joined the show after a short introduction –  listen to the episode and let us know what you think.

Earlier this week, Carroll County Times reporter Karen Kemp interviewed Dr. McCardell for an article on the legal drinking age. You can read his comments here.

In campus news this week, Adam Lerner called for a review of alcohol policies at Willam and Mary, the University of Maryland’s Residence Hall Association held its final Amethyst Initiative dialogue of the year, and the Colorado Daily reported on anti-binge drinking efforts at the University of Colorado.

Following the recent death of KU student Jason Wren, The Daily Kansan published a three-part series chronicling the events leading up to Jason’s death and shedding light on the problems associated with extreme drinking.  Schuyler Bailey, Captain of the KU Public Safety Office, said that he has “witnessed a shift in recent years of students drinking more heavily and going out with the sole intention of passing out.” Visit the Daily‘s “A Shot of Reality” page for the story.

In other news…

Join Together posted a research summary detailing a new study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research which explores the neurological consequences of binge drinking for adolescents.

Dr. Emmanuel Kuntsche of the Swiss Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Problems will publish a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs which underscores the importance of parent-child relationships in preventing binge drinking. Summarizing his research, Kuntsche said, “our work shows that the ‘preventive effect’ of a later drinking age is likely to be a side effect of a good parent-child relationship. In other words, the circumstances in which that first drink occurs — and how parents deal with it — is important.”

Did we miss something this week? Post your link in the comments.