[CR] Week in Review

This morning, [CR] President John McCardell is in New Hampshire to participate in the Dartmouth Center on Addiction and Recovery Education’s fifth-annual substance abuse symposium. He’ll be joining a group of experts and researchers to discuss the implications of the legal drinking age. For the latest on other [CR] happenings this week, check out these headlines:

Stories this week:

[CR] Executive Director Mike Giuliani was a recent guest on The Libertarian Dime, a weekly internet podcast hosted by Shane Brady and Jonathan Farr. Mike joined the show after a short introduction –  listen to the episode and let us know what you think.

Earlier this week, Carroll County Times reporter Karen Kemp interviewed Dr. McCardell for an article on the legal drinking age. You can read his comments here.

In campus news this week, Adam Lerner called for a review of alcohol policies at Willam and Mary, the University of Maryland’s Residence Hall Association held its final Amethyst Initiative dialogue of the year, and the Colorado Daily reported on anti-binge drinking efforts at the University of Colorado.

Following the recent death of KU student Jason Wren, The Daily Kansan published a three-part series chronicling the events leading up to Jason’s death and shedding light on the problems associated with extreme drinking.  Schuyler Bailey, Captain of the KU Public Safety Office, said that he has “witnessed a shift in recent years of students drinking more heavily and going out with the sole intention of passing out.” Visit the Daily‘s “A Shot of Reality” page for the story.

In other news…

Join Together posted a research summary detailing a new study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research which explores the neurological consequences of binge drinking for adolescents.

Dr. Emmanuel Kuntsche of the Swiss Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Problems will publish a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs which underscores the importance of parent-child relationships in preventing binge drinking. Summarizing his research, Kuntsche said, “our work shows that the ‘preventive effect’ of a later drinking age is likely to be a side effect of a good parent-child relationship. In other words, the circumstances in which that first drink occurs — and how parents deal with it — is important.”

Did we miss something this week? Post your link in the comments.

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. The current drinking age, upheld by ageists, does a disservice to those 18-20 by not allowing them to learn about alcohol responsibility while the law is disrespecting the age of majority. Unfortunately, binge drinking has become more extreme in recent years and is why the drinking age at 18 and alcohol education program must be mandated despite the forces of ageism. Don’t forget to comment on every blog you read.