[CR] Week in Review

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Stories this week:

Philip Cook, ITT/Sanford Professor of Public Policy at Duke University, recently gave a presentation on the pros and cons of Legal Age 21 at the University’s College Student Drinking and Drug Use conference. Watch it here.

KTVB-TV and the University of Idaho Argonaut both have follow-up stories on the alcohol poisoning death of UI Senior Benjamin Harris earlier this week. When asked if the University could be doing more to prevent these types of incidents, Bruce Pitman, UI’s Dean of Students, said, “Certainly there may be another thing or two that we might be able to do, but I think we need to step back from this a bit and try to understand how we might be able to impact behavior that takes place off campus.”

Law enforcement officials are often forced to stretch their thin resources to contain the consequences of toxic drinking by young adults, and this week, one police official implored local residents to stop engaging in such behavior. After five separate incidents involving dangerously intoxicated young men who required medical attention, La Crosse, Wisconsin Police Chief Ed Kondracki said, “I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that serious injuries and death can result when binge drinking reaches the irresponsible and dangerous levels reached this past weekend. The police department does not have the resources to find and rescue drunks in such large numbers as was experienced this weekend.”

In other news…

Researchers at Loyola University Health System in Chicago have found that young adults who engage in binge drinking could be at much greater risk for developing osteoporosis and bone fractures later in life. Lead researcher John Callaci wrote, “Lifestyle-related damage done to the skeleton during young adulthood may have repercussions lasting decades.” The new study is published in the July-August issue of the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism.

Penn State University President Graham Spanier has recommended to the school’s Board of Trustees that senior week, the typical celebration period between the conclusion of final exams and commencement ceremonies, be eliminated starting in 2012. Spanier made the recommendation in an attempt to cut down on the dangerous drinking that occurs when students have “nothing productive to do except frequent bars.” Megan Rogers, a staff writer for the PSU Collegian, noted that students don’t think the elimination of senior week will have an impact on heavy drinking and celebrations.

David DeWitte of KCRG-TV in Iowa filed a report on the economic impact of Iowa City’s 21-only bar ordinance, which some residents say is hurting local businesses. What do you think?

Send us a news tip in the comments if we missed something in this week’s update.

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with its important components. Binge drinking is alcohol abuse and because of that there are consequences which as John Callaci has said, can lead to osteoporosis. I don’t agree with Graham Spanier in eliminating senior week because Spanier is trying to influence students’ lifestyle, in this case visting bars. Although during senior week at Penn State University, alcohol abuse does occur. The report by David DeWitte should convince people against ageism.