Archive for October, 2014

New study emphasizes adult influence on underage drinking

Friday, October 31st, 2014

A recent California study has shown that communities where social host laws are more stringent have demonstrated more responsible underage contingents.

This may not come as a surprise, though it has implications when thought of in the context of role-modeling. Adults who discourage binge drinking in their presence, yet encourage responsible drinking in responsible settings, help to promote positive habits for minors. This behavior may be encouraged by these new social host laws.

Lead researcher Mallie J. Paschall claimed that ‘”Most kids get alcohol from social sources, not commercial ones,” so laws that target the social-sources of alcohol, such as parents or adult caretakers, can help reduce underage drinking.’

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Students initiate alcohol policy at Haverford College

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

In an effort to create a greater sense of safety, unity and consistency, Haverford College, outside Philadelphia, PA, has gone about its alcohol policy from a different angle: each year, the students vote on the school’s alcohol policies in order to make sure they are consistent with community expectations. What’s the result of this? Student loyalty, safety and support.

Indeed, there are administrators on the panel that reviews these policies, but students seem to have a strong influence on the regulatory environment.

As the article notes, “The relationship between students and security at Haverford is a key reason why, according to Pavliv, students feel safe notifying campus safety officers.” Such respected collaboration in a college community may be worth a thought or two.

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