Archive for November, 2012

UT alcohol poisoning incident goes to court

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Connor Buchanan, one of several young men accused of involved in a September 2012 anal alcohol ingestion incident at the University of Tennessee, visited court this week to request from a judge that he not loose his drivers license. Buchanan argued that he needs a license to get to school and work, and that he would prefer to enter an alcohol education program instead of loosing his driving privileges.

Though Buchanan asked the judge to sentence him to an alcohol education course instead of loosing his drivers license, he left court with a fine of $96.50. Furthermore, if he does not have any further legal problems in the next 30 days, the charges will be dropped.

It is only with more significant institutional commitments to alcohol education that we will promote more responsible drinking in the United States. Readers, what do you think of this Tennessee judge’s decision for Mr. Buchanan?

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Britain looks into minimum alcohol unit pricing

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Great Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has proposed a new minimum price per unit for alcohol. Supporters of the new law, which will propose minimum prices of 40p, 45p, or 50p per unit, argue that the new pricing measure will positively affect binge drinkers and the people around them. However, those against the proposed legislation argue that the research supporting the initiative is inconclusive and assumes that the strain on heavy drinkers’ wallets will be enough to discourage binge drinking. David Cameron continues to push ahead with the initiative.

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Duke University study points to motivators

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Researchers at Duke University have identified the two primary drivers for stress-related college student drinking. According to a study published in the journal Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders in which 200 students participated, a strong need for a reward and the lack of fear of negative consequences heavily influence heavy campus drinking.

“Imagine the push and pull of opposing drives when a mouse confronts a hunk of cheese in a trap. Too much drive for the cheese and too little fear of the trap leads to one dead mouse,” study researcher Ahmad Hariri, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, said in a statement.

In the study, fMRI scans were conducted on participants, and researchers looked for activity in the reward and fear centers of the brain. According to the Huffington Post,

Scientists found that students who reported stress-related alcohol abuse also had high reactivity in the amygdala brain region’s threat circuitry and the ventral striatum brain region’s reward circuitry.

This ground-breaking study presents ample opportunity for pre-screening students who may be at risk for stress-related consumption.

Bad News

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

As I searched for something newsworthy to share with you this evening, I became more disheartened than usual. I typically find one or two stories worth sharing–and I usually encounter about one alcohol-related death story each week (which isn’t to say there aren’t others). Yet tonight, when I looked for our story, I found not one but three stories about alcohol related accidents. A Penn State cheerleader suffered a broken pelvis and brain trauma after falling during a party, a Garden City College student’s drowning may be related to alcohol, and Denison College sees a spike in alcohol consumption. This bombardment of stories reminds me that with each freshman class comes alcohol education class. Not from an online portal or an RA (though many schools employ both to combat binge drinking), but from new classmates. The students bring what they know to the table, share it, and toxic results–like the ones I found this evening–ensue.

Happy Election Day!

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Dear Readers,

If you’re anything like us, you’re holed up watching TV commentators offer their opinions on the fate of our great nation. This has been an election of Twitter hashtags and memes, online commentary and 24 hour news. Constant campaigning has taken its toll on all us, but the internet has given us the ability–even the responsibility–to respond and to share our thoughts. More than ever in the history of our country, social media has shown us the power of an engaged citizenry. Americans have taken an active stance on everything from business to binders, healthcare to homeland security. In this age and ability of hyper-political-activism, we’d like to thank you for spending some of your activism on us.

Our cause is noble. Our cause is saving the lives of young people, of engaging a future generation of responsible citizens. Stick with us. We’re working towards a country parents can teach their young men and women about the realities of alcohol, so that these young men and women can go out into the world and make their own mark on it.

Join us, won’t you?