Archive for the 'binge drinking' Category

Cornell Student Reflects on Campus Drinking Culture

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

An op-ed from the Cornell Sun, Cornell’s student newspaper, reflects on the school’s social culture and on the importance of creating safe spaces where alcohol is consumed.

The article, mentioning the Amethyst Initiative, speaks specifically about binge drinking as a result of the restriction of alcohol at student social events.

Dangerous Drinks

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Last weekend, Central Washington University students learned first-hand the danger of caffeinated “alcopops,” when several were hospitalized after consuming the beverage Four Loko.  Four Loko, sometimes referred to as “blackout in a can,” contains the alcohol and caffeine equivalent of six beers and two cups of coffee, respectively. It is marketed and purchased for the sole purpose of acute intoxication.

We view products such as Four Loko as unwelcome contributors to the culture of dangerous drinking that is pervasive among young people, both on and off college campuses.

[CR] at the NCSL Summit.

Monday, July 20th, 2009

This week we’ve sent Grace and Nick to Philadelphia for the National Conference of State Legislators Legislative Summit. State Senators and Representatives from around the country will be meeting to share their ideas for effective state government. On Wednesday, [CR] President John McCardell will be giving a presentation entitled Binge Drinking: A Public Health Crisis to a group of over fifty legislators who serve on key committees in states tackling this problem. Check out the [CR] video archive to get a taste of what John will be saying. And check back here or follow us on Twitter for updates throughout the week from Philadelphia, and as always, from our DC headquarters. What would you want your State Senators and Representatives to know about the reality of drinking in your community? Let us know in the comment thread.

MPR: Minnesota Colleges and Binge Drinking

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio’s Tim Post reported late last week on the drinking culture at Minnesota colleges, which have now gone a full year without an alcohol-related death. It’s clear from Post’s article that excessive drinking is still a problem, however, and it might be “luck, and not changes in campus policy, that has kept Minnesota college campuses free from binge drinking deaths this school year.” Check out the rest of the story here.

Boston Globe: Binge Drinking in Vermont

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

This past weekend, Brian MacQuarrie of the Boston Globe examined some of the problems that rural Vermont towns have with binge drinking and alcohol abuse by young adults. His piece shows that binge drinking is not just a college problem:

“Although Vermont was named the healthiest state in 2008 by a national health collaborative, the latest data from the US Health and Human Services Department show that Vermont had the highest and second-highest rates of teenage alcohol use and binge drinking, respectively.”

Visit the Globe‘s website to read the rest of the article.

44% Binge

Monday, January 19th, 2009

The Harvard School of Public Health 1999 College Alcohol Study surveyed students on 119 college campuses throughout the country and found that 44% of U.S. college students engaged in binge drinking during the two weeks before the survey. While we often think of binge drinking as something more serious than 5 drinks consumed by males or 4 drinks consumed by females, it remains true that drinking beyond this threshold is correlated to a host of negative outcomes.

Underage Drinking is Binge Drinking

Monday, December 15th, 2008

The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth reported that 96% of the alcohol drunk by 15-20 year-olds is consumed when the drinker is having five or more drinks at a time. Identifying how the age of legal consumption alters behavior is as important, if not more important, than if it affects whether one first begins to legally drink.

Parents Protect Against Binge Drinking

Monday, December 8th, 2008

A study of 10,271 students in the UK in the online journal Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy found that when parents provided alcohol to their children in a family environment, children were less likely to engage in binge drinking and experience negative drinking outcomes. This rigorous study confirms cultural evidence from many other countries: drinking alcohol in the presence of parents has a protective affect against binge drinking.

HAZE: The Movie

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
Just over four years ago, Gordie Bailey arrived on campus at the University of Colorado. Like any other first-year student, he was earnest and excited for the new friends and experiences that his freshman year would bring. Sadly, though Gordie would have been a graduate by now, he never made it to the end of his first semester. Gordie Bailey, like hundreds of other young people each year, died of acute alcohol poisoning on September 17, 2004. You can learn more about Gordie’s story and the stark reality of alcohol use on many college and university campuses by watching Haze, a documentary Haze was released this fall by the Gordie Foundation, an organization created in Gordie’s memory to bring awareness to alcohol abuse on college campuses.

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Click on the widget above to watch Haze free online. The documentary features interviews with John McCardell and [CR] Board Member Barrett Seaman.

Highest Binge Drinking in 21-25 year-olds

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

A Center for Disease Control and Prevention study, which took place from 1993-2001, found that twenty-one to 25 year-olds have the highest rates of binge drinking. Eighteen to 20 year-olds have the second highest rates. . . further evidence that the 21 year-old drinking age exacerbates abusive drinking, if nominally reducing overall consumption.