[CR] Week in Review

Thoughts of school may be far from your mind in the middle of July, but we’re busy making plans for campus presentations in late August and into the rest of the fall semester. If you’re interested in bringing a [CR] representative to your area to speak about the drinking age debate, please e-mail us. Then check out the rest of these headlines.

Stories this week:

The Gordie Foundation announced today that it will partner with the Center for Alcohol and Substance Education at the University of Virginia to create the Gordie Center for Alcohol and Substance Education (Gordie CASE).  UVA will become the new home of the foundation’s education programs. Check out the full announcement for more details.

Every five years, the USDA and the Health and Human Services Administration review their dietary guidelines for Americans, and this year’s Advisory Committee report contains a section on revising the guidelines for alcohol consumption, including new weekly rather than daily consumption guidelines. Join Together has more details on these proposed changes. You can submit comments to the USDA to send them your feedback – the deadline for public comment is July 15.

Administrators at Stanford University are so pleased with the results of the school’s implementation of AlcoholEdu that they will continue funding the program for another four years. Survey results showed that “49 percent of respondents said the material better prepared them to deal with alcohol at Stanford.” However, binge drinking is still a major concern on campus – Ralph Castro, the manager of the University’s substance abuse prevention program, said that 56% of students choose hard liquor when drinking. Castro suggested that these numbers indicate that pre-gaming is a common problem, and he also noted that “all of Stanford’s emergency room trips for alcohol poisoning involve hard liquor.”

In other news…

After a unanimous vote last week, acting Gov. Mike Cruz signed Bill 389 into law, which raises Guam’s drinking age to 21.  In response to the new law, Andersen Air Force base followed suit and raised its drinking age to 21 as well. The change comes without any additional licensing or education provisions, so we’ll be watching closely to see if problems of secretive binge drinking develop as they have among 18-20 year-olds here.

Earlier this week, Adam Marszal and Russell Taylor were sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading no contest to hazing charges related to the alcohol poisoning death of Cal Poly first-year Carson Starkey in December 2008. The San Luis Obispo Tribune profiled the incident and noted that after Starkey’s death, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed the Carson Starkey Alcohol Awareness and Education Act into law, which added curricula on alcohol poisoning and binge drinking to Texas public schools.

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One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with its important components. It’s good that Stanford University has AlcoholEdu to decrease binge drinking among its students. I condemn Mike Cruz and the legislature of Guam for raising the drinking age to 21 along with the leaders of Anderson Air Force Base for doing the same. The governor of that territory has done a very big mistake so Guam will have increased problems. It’s unfortunate that Carson Starkey died because of hazing at Cal Poly.