Archive for September, 2010

Hartford Courant: Colleges Try to Stop Early-Semester Binge Drinking

Friday, September 24th, 2010

The first few weeks of the fall semester are a dangerous time for incoming college first-years, and Kathleen Megan of the Hartford Courant set out to discover what local colleges are doing to keep students safe. She interviewed [CR] President Barrett Seaman, who called the slew of hospitalizations, injuries, and property damage “an annual ritual that keeps repeating itself.”

Check out the article in the Courant and let us know what you think in the comments.

Rep. Kingston: Military Leaders Support Drinking Age Bill

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Gordon Jackson of the Florida Times-Union reports that military leaders support for Rep. Jack Kingston’s bill to lower the drinking age to 18 for enlisted service men and women consuming beer and wine in on-premise drinking establishments:

“Proposed legislation to allow service members under 21 to drink beer and wine at base restaurants and clubs has strong support among military leaders, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., said Friday.

But the military brass are hesitant to publicly express their opinion, said Kingston, who has introduced the bill that would lower the drinking age to 18 at domestic and foreign bases.

‘Unofficially, they agree with us,’ Kingston said. ‘Officially, they are reluctant to speak out.'”

Shelia McNeill, former president of the Navy League, also supported the bill, telling Jackson that enlisted men and women “should not have to sneak around” to drink.

Check out the rest of the story in the Times-Union and let us know what you think in the comments.

[CR] Week in Review

Friday, September 10th, 2010

The [CR] Week in Review is back this week – we have some events coming up on the calendar in early October, but we still have room in September if you’re organizing back-to-school alcohol awareness events. E-mail us if you’d like to bring a Choose Responsibility representative to your campus, and then check out the week’s headlines.

Stories this week:

Iowa City officials are watching the fallout from the new 21-only bar ordinance closely, and here are some of the early returns: last weekend, police citations for disorderly house reached double digits between Saturday morning and Sunday evening, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported.

Speaking of Iowa City, Zach Wahls, a University of Iowa student, penned a passionate op-ed about the drinking age in the Daily Iowan. Here’s a sample: “we want to be treated like what we think we are and what the law tells us we are — responsible adults.”

More evidence from Annapolis, MD, that off-campus drinking is a source of headaches for university administrators and law enforcement: Frostburg State officials are enlisting landlords and real estate agents in the battle against toxic drinking, asking them to pass out brochures and literature to new tenants.

In other news…

The editors of the Gainesville Sun applauded the town-gown cooperation efforts between University of Florida administrators and local law enforcement, which have cut underage drinking arrests in half since 2007.

A group of 26 community coalitions in South Dakota has received a $1.4 million federal grant for alcohol prevention services, according to the Rapid City Journal. Check out the Journal report for the amounts that the groups in your area will receive.

In case you missed it, check out the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s story on the large gap that has emerged between parents’ expectations about their teens’ behavior and the actual drinking behaviors of that group.

Leave us a link in the comments if we missed something in this week’s round-up.

New Maine Survey Shows “Large Gap” Between Parents’ Expectations, Teen Drinking

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Editor’s note: the blog is back after a short hiatus. We will resume our regular posting schedule this week.

Yesterday, the Maine Public Broadcasting Network alerted us to some new data from the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, which revealed a “large gap” between parents’ beliefs and teens’ behaviors in regard to alcohol consumption:

“According to a statewide phone survey, 26 percent of Maine parents believed that their high school-aged teens had never had more than a few sips of alcohol, while 65 percent of Maine high school teens said they’ve had at least one alcoholic drink.

More than 20 percent of teens acknowleged having had more than five drinks in a row, defined as binge drinking, while less than 2 percent of parents believed that their children had engaged in such behavior.”

Binge drinking is already happening at the high school level, and Legal Age 21 isn’t doing much to prevent this behavior. The full surveys are available here – let us know what you think in the comments.