[CR] Week in Review

Thanks to all of our volunteers and supporters who have followed us on Twitter since we launched our account last week. In the coming months, we hope to continue expanding our Twitter community so that we can hear from you. Do you have questions about [CR]? Do you need more volunteer materials to give to your friends and colleagues? Are you interested in bringing a [CR] representative to a college campus for a presentation? Let us know @CResponsibility. Here are the latest headlines on binge drinking and the legal drinking age from across the country:

Stories this week:

Joe Carr wrote an Op-Ed in Sunday’s edition of the Colorado Daily about Legal Age 21 – he thinks the law is unfair and dangerous.

The debate over the legal drinking age received front-page attention in this week’s issue of the City on a Hill Press, a student publication at the University of California Santa Cruz.

If you’re interested in learning more about recent developments in the study of alcoholism, check out the New York Times interview with NIAAA Treatment and Recovery Research Director Mark Willenbring on the Times‘ “Consults” blog.

In other news…

Organizers at the Pimlico Race Course in Maryland have instituted some new policies that are intended to curb the violence associated with binge drinking that occurs on the infield at the Preakness Stakes each year. Last year, there were 6 arrests and 126 ejections from the event. Excessive drinking has also led to “bloody fights,” “full beers being smashed on foreheads,” and “people sliding headfirst into coolers.”

Researchers in the U.K. will publish a new study in the journal Alcohol & Alcoholism that binge drinking could be partially responsible for as many as 1 in 4 cases of dementia, and that heavy drinkers may begin to suffer serious memory problems as early as their 40s. Check out the research summary at MSN’s Daily Dose.

Did you read Rachel Durfee’s article on “Cyber Millenials” and binge drinking earlier this week? It’s available here if you missed it.

As always, send us a link in the comments if you have a news tip.

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with alcohol education program. More attention towards the ageist drinking age is good for debate, thus it’s good that the University of California at Santa Cruz published the issue on one of their newspapers. The new policies at the Pimlico Race Course in Maryland make sense but policies can only go so far. With Twitter, there shall be greater success in lowering the drinking age to 18 with an alcohol education program to instill alcohol responsibility among those 18-20.