[CR] Week in Review

As we mentioned earlier in the week, Anheuser-Busch has rolled back its “Fan Cans” promotion near college campuses whose administrators have filed complaints with the company. And now one school who criticized the campaign – the University of Wisconsin – is enacting new measures to try and curb abusive drinking. This week, UW Chancellor Biddy Martin accepted the recommendation of a university committee to end the school’s long-standing sports broadcast sponsorship agreements with Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors. According to Ryan Foley of the Associated Press, the new school policy “prohibits beer ads on its statewide radio network during football, men’s and women’s basketball and hockey broadcasts,” as well as during coaches’ television interviews and in-game programs. What do you think of these new guidelines? Let us know by posting a comment, and check out the rest of this week’s headlines:

Stories this week:

James Lynch of the Cedar Rapids Gazette spoke with a few local officials around Iowa’s universities to get their take on the recent comments by NIAAA founder Dr. Morris Chafetz, who said that Legal Age 21 isn’t working. Sam Hagardine, the Iowa City police chief, told Lynch that he’d consider supporting exceptions to Legal Age 21 for members of the armed forces.

The academic year has just begun on college campuses across the country, and already some schools are struggling to fight instances of toxic drinking. After a recent incident involving one of the sororities at Kansas University, John Drees, a community education specialist at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, told the Lawrence Journal-World that the rate of hospital calls related to alcohol has risen 59% over the course of the past five years.

The editors of the Green Bay Press Gazette in Wisconsin offered their support for a proposal that would modify the state’s drinking laws to allow only 18-20 year olds to consume alcohol in licensed establishments with their parents or legal guardians. Currently, state law allows anyone – including people under 18 – to do so. The editors wrote, “18 offers plenty of time to educate young people about alcohol and responsible behavior.”

In other news…

A lack of judicial consensus has emerged on the issue of South Carolina’s posession and consumption laws, making an appeal even more likely. Check out Thursday’s Rock Hill Herald for an update, which details the conflicting conclusions reached by several local magistrates.

An upcoming study in the October issue of the Journal of American Public Health discovered a “striking correlation” between teenage viewership and the frequency of alcohol advertisements on television. To get a sense of what the study’s proponents and critics are saying, check out the full story at Fox News.

As part of a new effort to cut down on binge drinking by football fans, the NFL will make recommendations to teams around the league about serving sizes for beer, wine, and spirits. The league has also recommended that teams limit tailgating hours in stadium parking lots and restrict the number of alcoholic beverages fans can purchase with each transaction.

Have we missed something with this update? Leave your links in the comments and have a great weekend.

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    Universities cancelling support for Bud Light’s Fan Cans or similar sponsorship are wise, in order to combat binge drinking. The bill which would only let those aged 18-20 drink under parental supervision must not become law because the reason for that bill is ageist. South Carolina must let those aged 18-20 possess alcohol. Responsible advertisements of alcohol must stay on television, so no reform is needed. The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program.