Archive for May, 2010

University of Iowa Joins Red Watch Band

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

This year, the issue of toxic drinking has received a tremendous amount of attention at the University of Iowa. A few months ago, the Daily Iowan published an extensive report detailing the problems the University has faced in trying to curb excessive drinking. More recently, Iowa City passed a 21-only bar-entry ordinance in order to discourage underage drinking.

On Tuesday, University administrators kicked off another initiative to continue these efforts. Iowa has joined the Red Watch Band, a nationwide program that trains students to recognize the signs of alcohol poisoning and encourages them to watch out for their fellow students if they have been drinking.

Health Iowa coordinator Tanya Villhauer told the Daily Iowan, “It empowers our students to look out for their friends. They are becoming much more aware of the medical issues surrounding excessive alcohol use.”

Has your school joined the Red Watch Band? Let us know how the program has impacted drinking on your campus in the comments.

Oxford Press: Student Drinking a Problem at Miami University?

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Over the weekend, a team of reporters at the Oxford Press in Ohio examined the student drinking culture at Miami University and came away with some alarming conclusions. They began their article with a profile of a student who once drank “half a bottle of peppermint Schnapps, four Jello shots, two beers and some vodka” in two hours and ended up in the hospital with a BAC of .297.

According to Oxford police reports, 10 underage drinkers – most of them MU students – have been admitted to a local hospital for alcohol overdose treatment since January 30. Leslie Haxby McNeill, a coordinator of substance abuse prevention and peer education at the University, told the reporters, “Back in the ’90s, students drank more days of the week, but fewer drinks. It was more relaxed drinking. Now, students drink fewer days and they’re drinking more.”

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