Archive for September, 2009

[CR] Week in Review

Friday, September 4th, 2009

[CR] President John McCardell was featured on CNN Newsroom AM early this week as he discussed the issue of the legal drinking age with anchor Heidi Collins and a panel that included Adrian Lund, President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the student editor of the Emory Wheel in Georgia. Did you catch the segment? Let us know what you thought in the comments, and if we’re able to track down a clip of the segment, we’ll post it here in an update next week. Check out the rest of this week’s headlines before the weekend starts:

Stories this week:

On Wednesday, we made note of a story in the Wilmington News Journal that detailed recent efforts to curb binge drinking at the University of Delaware. Administrators there are testing a new alcohol amnesty policy for students this semester, and on Thursday, the News Journal’s editorial board called the new policy a “smart move”: “The amnesty program won’t end the problem. But this harm reduction approach could cut down on the damage the students inflict on themselves and others by the binge drinking. That’s a step forward.”

Suzanne Mims sketched out the way minor in possession laws are enforced on Virginia college campuses in the online edition of the Washington Examiner. She cautioned parents to have a grasp of the differences between campus alcohol policies and state laws when sending their young adults back to college.

Jacob Zitterkopf, the President of the Student Senate at Chadron State College, warned returning and new students alike about the dangers of excessive drinking in the Wednesday edition of Nebraska’s Chadron Record.

In other news…

Researchers from the University of Florida and San Diego State University explored the effects of pricing on alcohol consumption trends in an article that will be published in the November issue of Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research. Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times’ “Well” health blog wrote, “Researchers found that the higher the cost per gram of ethanol, the less intoxicated bar patrons were upon leaving the establishment.” What’s your take on these findings?

Ignition interlocks are one form of technology that can serve as an effective tool to cut down on instances of drunk driving. On Monday, the Agence France-Presse reported that Toyota is developing its own brand of interlocks.

A few reminders: the Labor Day weekend is often one of the most dangerous of the year for people who are traveling on the highways, so if you choose to drink, do so responsibly and make sure you have a designated driver. The [CR] offices will be closed in observance of the holiday on Monday. Enjoy the weekend!

Amnesty Policy Combats Rising Binge Rates at U. of Delaware

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

During the spring of 2008, the University of Delaware’s Center for Alcohol and Drug Studies surveyed students to determine the rates of binge and toxic drinking on campus. Rachel Kipp of the Wilmington News Journal dove into the newly-released results of the study on Wednesday morning: nearly two out of three students said that they binge drink during the course of an average month.

In response to these trends, UD administrators have implemented a new medical amnesty program that will encourage students to call for help when their friends have consumed too much alcohol. Last year, Delaware first-year student Brett Griffin passed away after a night of heavy drinking, and school officials hope that these new measures will help prevent similar incidents in the future. George Breslford, the school’s Dean of Students, explained the rationale behind the policy change:

“What we’re trying to do is to take the fear away. We don’t want the discussion of whether to call for help to take place. By removing the idea of getting you in trouble, we’d like to think we’re going to get more phone calls and more people getting help when they need to get help.”

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