21st Birthday Celebration Turns Deadly at U. Of Idaho

Last night, KLEW-TV in Lewiston, Idaho reported on the apparent alcohol poisoning death of University of Idado senior Benjamin Harris. Harris was celebrating his 21st birthday at the Sigma Nu fraternity on Monday night, where police said he drank “15 shots of liquor within a two and a half hour period.” Officers found Harris unconscious at the fraternity and took him to a local medical center where he was pronounced dead.

The University of Idado has experienced a string of alcohol-related injuries and deaths recently, and Harris’ death is the latest incident. In April of 2009, 23 year-old Daniel Miller passed away after a night of heavy drinking, and in January of this year, a 27 year-old UI student and a 21 year-old former student died after combining large amounts of alcohol with prescription drugs.

“Binge drinking, we all know the dangers involved with this, but it seems to be something that people strive for and celebrate. Celebrating a birthday shouldn’t have a result like this,” said David Duke, the Assistant Police Chief in Moscow.

KLEW has a video report on the story here.

2 Responses to “21st Birthday Celebration Turns Deadly at U. Of Idaho”

  1. Marshall Says:

    I wish his family the best in this hard time.

    This is an excellent example of why the 21 law doesn’t protect our children and young adults, it puts them at risk.

  2. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with its important components. The ageist drinking age of 21 doesn’t instill alcohol responsibility among young people. It’s unfortunate that Benjamin Harris died because of alcohol poisoning. If the drinking age is lowered to 18 along with the requirements to get an alcohol license, responsibility towards alcohol will increase as young people take a moderate perspective to alcohol. The ageist drinking doesn’t do anything but oppression.