[CR] Week in Review

[CR] President and Founder John McCardell was in South Carolina at the end of this week for a few interviews. On Thursday, he participated in a discussion of the recent court rulings in South Carolina with Ben Hoover of WIS-TV, and this morning, he was a guest on The Tyler and Ken Show on WWNU 92.1 FM in Columbia. Watch this space for updates next week as we track down clips of those two appearances. Here are the rest of this week’s headlines from around the country:

Stories this week:

While you’re waiting to hear Dr. McCardell’s take on the situation in South Carolina, you can read a Harbor Island resident’s opinion in Hilton Head’s Island Packet: John McCormick wrote, “My neighbors are sitting at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., waiting for their son, who just was airlifted from Germany after two operations from severe wounds received in Afghanistan. He’s 19 and currently could not have a beer legally. But he was serving overseas and defending your freedom.”

Health administrators at the University of Colorado have noticed a trend among some students who receive treatment for alcohol-related problems: patients who are dealing with heavy alcohol consumption and eating disorders simultaneously are becoming more and more common. Dr. Tamara Pryor of the Eating Disorder Center of Denver told Christy Frantz of the Colorado Daily, “Alcohol has become the No. 1 health concern facing college campuses. Then, of course, there’s been an increased prevalence of eating disorders on college campuses over the last 10 years. We are finding a higher and higher coexisting problem of binge drinking disorders with eating disorders. We see both disorders going hand in hand.”

Did you miss former South Dakota Attorney General Mark Meierhenry’s Sioux Falls Argus Leader op-ed in support of proposed legislation that would alter the drinking age in that state? If so, read the whole thing here – he called Legal Age 21 “bad law.”

In other news…

Shari Roan of the Los Angeles Times’ “Booster Shots” blog wrote a post about a new study detailing the detrimental effects of binge drinking on cognition and memory for young adults. Check out a summary of the study here.

New York Governor David Paterson is proposing new legislation that would crack down hard on drunk drivers who travel with minors in their vehicles. Casey Seiler has all the details at the Albany Times Union’s “Capitol Confidential” blog.

James Buescher of the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal has the details of a plan put forth by Millersville University administrators in Pennsylvania to use state grants for a large survey project that will give incoming students a more accurate picture of how much their fellow students drink. Students: have you seen similar surveys done on your campus? What were the results?

Leave us a link in the comments if we missed something, and enjoy your weekend!

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    With the responsibility of serving one’s country, then there should also be a right of responsible drinking for all service members. Binge drinking is a problem that must be reduced in universities because there’s nothing good about it. Eating disorders and binge drinking is a horrible combination. The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. David Patterson is correct in supporting a bill that would toughen penalties for drunk drivers that carry those under 16.