Archive for February, 2012

Presbyterian College football player dies from alcohol intoxication

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Kyle Allen, a Presbyterian College football star, died on Sunday morning of alcohol induced respiratory failure the Florida Times Union reported. Allen was a standout athlete and student who garnered numerous accolades from his peers.

Although Allen had recently turned 21, his death demonstrates that the current drinking age does not teach students to drink, and live, responsibly. Unfortunately, deaths related to alcohol or alcohol poisoning are no stranger to college campuses. This news, paired with the CDC’s recent report that binge drinking remains prevalent after college, proves the need to reevaluate the effectiveness of the 21 year old drinking age. Is 21 actually saving lives?

Experts, students to debate the drinking age

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Barrett Seaman, author ofBinge, and Dr. William Dejong, professor at Boston University School of Public Health, will debate the 21 year old drinking age in an open forum at Sonoma State University on February 13. College students will have the opportunity in this open forum to make their voices heard and to speak candidly about drinking on their campus. Read the full article here.

Proposed Bill Would Allow Eighteen-Year Olds to Drink in Bars

Monday, February 6th, 2012

A bill proposed by Minnesota state representative Phyllis Khan (DFL-Minneapolis) would enable 18-year-olds to consume alcohol in bars and restaurants but not purchase liquor in stores. Kahn speaks of her motive for proposing this bill:

I’m totally appalled by people going out on their 21st birthday and getting totally smashed.

Khan also argues that the 21-year-old drinking age has led to higher rates of binge drinking. Read the full article on Khan’s bill and reactions from college students here.