[CR] Week in Review

This week, the NIAAA announced a national campaign to promote town halls on the issue of underage drinking to coincide with the launch of Alcohol Awareness Week, which begins in April. Some town halls happened this week, and others will continue into the next month. Visit the NIAAA’s campaign site to find a town hall meeting in your community, and if you attend one of these meetings, let us know what you hear. Check out these headlines for the latest news from around the country:

Stories this week…

Brandon Busteed, the founder of the company that produces AlcoholEdu, an alcohol education program for college students, thinks high-risk drinking on college campuses may be improving. Read his article in the Chronicle of Higher Education and tell us if you agree.

Erik Hayden of Miller-McCune reported on a new study that explores the methods by which underage college students obtain fake IDs. The study also makes connections between fake ID usage and binge drinking.

The Centre Daily Times filed another report in its “Focus on Excessive Drinking” series with a recap of a panel discussion to reduce high-risk drinking at Penn State, which has been plagued by alcohol-related problems in recent months.

In other news:

Law enforcement officials in San Diego are learning how alcohol laws that intend to prohibit use can have some dangerous unintended consequences: a 2008 city ordinance banned alcohol consumption on public beaches, but the law did not prohibit drinking in the water just off the shore. Local beach-goers have created an event to get around the law called Floatopia, where thousands of people drink while floating on tubes and rafts just offshore. This year’s Floatopia event took place last weekend, and the event saw some dangerous behavior: 2 party-goers had to be hospitalized, and 12 were rescued by lifeguards after drinking too much and falling into the water.

Susan Essoyan of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin analyzed some recently-released data from the Hawaii Youth Risk Behavior Survey and found that between 2005 and 2009, rates of binge drinking and past month alcohol use among high school students increased. Though local officials said that the range of data is too small to describe a trend, the persistence of these problems is cause for concern.

A new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology indicates that light and moderate drinking among adults may reduce the risk of heart disease, but the researchers cautioned that binge drinking can exacerbate heart health problems.

Did you see a newsworthy item that we missed in this week’s update? Leave us a link to the story 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. Since the NIAAA is going to talk about “underage” drinking in town hall meetings, they better not be ageist, which includes saying that drinking alcohol responsibly by those 18-20 is dangerous. If the drinking age were to be lowered to 18, then AlcoholEdu should be part of the componenet which instructs young women and young men about alcohol. Binge drinking is abuse of alcohol and is what every high school should acknowledge.