[CR] Week in Review

John Curran of the Associated Press attended yesterday’s hearing on underage drinking in Vermont, and he spoke to [CR] President John McCardell and some others to get a sense of the need to debate the effectiveness of Legal Age 21. State Rep. John Moran told Curran that he thinks the federal highway funding penalty attached to the drinking age inhibits Vermont’s ability to come up with its own solutions: “We don’t want the federal government to tell the state of Vermont. This is an issue the state of Vermont should be discussing, as we’ve done today.” If you notice news of the hearing elsewhere, leave us a link in the comments section. For now, here are some other headlines we’ve been following:

Stories this week:

On Monday, Press of Atlantic City education blogger Diane D’Amico had some advice for the recently-formed New Jersey Task Force on Underage Drinking in Higher Education: “Obviously the issue is controversial.  But when kids are drinking themselves all the way to the emergency room adults have to look at the reality that exists, not the one they wish for.”

Wendy Lovell, a writer for the Delta magazine of the Sigma Nu fraternity, covered the drinking age debate in the recently-published Winter 2010 issue. Check it out here to read about how one fraternity is addressing the problem of binge drinking among its members.

In recent months, we’ve heard a number of different reports about increasing alcohol-related problems on certain college campuses. Loyola Marymount University can be added to that list of schools, according to a report by Loyolan writer Heather Chong: “New data provided by Public Safety reveals that over the past three years (2007, 2008 and 2009) there has been a significant increase in the number of documented alcohol cases. Per 100 students living on campus in 2007, 5.7 alcohol incidents were reported. By 2009, that number increased to 8.4 incidents.”

In other news…

Medill Reports at Northwestern University explored the Chicago Social Drinking Project, an initiative founded in 2004 that studies drinkers in an informal setting rather than in a research laboratory. According to a 2007 study done by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Chicago ranked highest for binge drinking rates on a list of the 15 largest cities in the country. The project’s work intends to study how certain drinking patterns might predict alcoholism later in life. Patrick McNamara, the project’s coordinator, said, “We are looking at different models of why people actually progress into alcoholism later in life. The overall goal here is to ask: Can the subjective response during the rise and decline of the blood alcohol curve be predictive of future drinking patterns?”

In case you missed it, make sure to read Miramonte High School junior Caroline Cook’s call for medical amnesty policies in California in the Monday edition of the Los Angeles Times.

Did we miss something in this week’s update? Let us know in the comments.

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with education and licensing. I condemn the New Jersey Task Force on “Underage” Drinking in Higher Education if their only purpose is to toughen penalties for the ageist drinking age. Diane D’ Amico must know that the young women and young men are not “kids”. Binge drinking is a crisis in universities and solutions can’t be ageist in order to reduce the rate of alcohol abuse. The Vermont legislature needs courage to lower the drinking age to 18 with licensing and education.