[CR] Week in Review

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Stories this week…

On Monday, The Partnership for a Drug-Free America released some discouraging new statistics: between 2008 and 2009, rates of past-month alcohol use among high school students increased by 11%. “I’m a little worried that we may be seeing the leading edge of a trend here,” said Sean Clarkin, the organization’s Director of Strategy.

In the past few months, we’ve received several reports of increasing alcohol-related hospitalizations on college campuses. We can now add Harvard to the list, thanks to a story in Monday’s edition of The Crimson. According to predictions by Harvard’s Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Services, the number of students seeking treatment will reach 200 by the end of the term, “a 43 percent increase in the past two years, marking an upward trend after a period of stabilization from 2005 to 2008.”

The Iowa City Council is considering a new ordinance that would make 21 the legal age of entry into local bars. According to the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The University of Iowa supports the proposed change, but the editors of the Daily Iowan aren’t convinced. They wrote, “Raising the age of bar patrons wouldn’t address the root problem with downtown Iowa City: overconsumption, a factor not entirely congruent with age.” What do you think is the proper solution?

In other news:

A new study that will be published in the Journal of Marketing Research found that in some cases, anti-binge drinking public service advertisements which use guilt and shame to affect viewers may backfire and actually increase binge drinking. Check out Advertising Age for more details.

The editors of The Spectator at Seattle University endorsed a recent medical amnesty proposal put forth by their student government. They wrote that this new policy could be a small part of a much larger solution to the problem of toxic drinking:

“While there can be plenty of arguments made both for and against the Good Samaritan policy, it is important to recognize the overlying problem: an abundance of not only underage drinking, but drinking to the point of dangerous intoxication on college campuses. The Good Samaritan policy is not the end-all solution to this prevailing problem; rather it is only a step in the right direction toward decreasing this dangerous behavior.”

What do you think of this proposed change?

New York Times “Motherlode” blogger Lisa Belkin picked up the recent Washington Post story on parental notification policies at colleges and asked her readers to weigh in on the issue. Check out her post and leave some feedback.

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One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with education and licensing. It’s not correct that more girls and boys who are in high school are drinking alcohol, although if parents are supervising them, then it’s alright. Students at Harvard must conume alcohol responsibly because bing drinking leads to hospitalization. The proposal which the Iowa City Council is considering must not become law because ageism creates irrseponsibility when it comes to alcohol among young women and young men.