[CR] Week in Review

In case you missed it earlier this week, check out Mark Kleiman’s commentary and follow-up post about alcohol policy reform posted at The Atlantic. Some of his ideas about the drinking age are provocative, and we’d like to hear what you think in the comments. Once you’ve weighed in, check out the rest of these headlines.

Stories this week

As September approaches, many colleges and universities are making changes to their on-campus alcohol policies to try and stop the flood of early-semester binge drinking by incoming students before it begins: the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Winston-Salem Journal reported on changes to parental notification policy for alcohol violations at James Madison University and Wake Forest University, and the Des Moines Register outlined changes to tailgating rules at the University of Iowa. Meanwhile, Colby College announced that it will ban all liquor from campus dorms and parties.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed bill AB2486 into law this week. The new law will create civil liability for adults 21 and older who provide alcohol to underage drinkers killed or injured as a result of intoxication. Previous California law “protected adults 21 and up from civil suit if they knowingly provided alcohol that resulted in the injury or death of a young person.”

Speaking of social host legislation, Stephanie Raposo of The Patriot-News crafted a guide for parents that spells out the laws against serving underage drinkers in Pennsylvania. Does her portrait of a typical underage drinking party sound familiar? “Teens jumping out of windows, climbing over fences and running as fast as they can in a panic…”

In other news…

At Health.com, Amanda Gardner outlined a new study that explores the increased risk of stroke and heart attack for older binge drinkers who have high blood pressure.

Police officials and school administrators are gearing up for what some are calling the “first true test” of Iowa City’s recently-passed 21-only bar ordinance – the first weekend students have returned to campus.

2 Responses to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    Since August 20, 2008, I have commented regularly on Choose Responsibility so it has been years of regular commenting. The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with its important components. Universities and colleges that have a parental notification policy because of “underage” drinking are oppressive universities and colleges. California’s govenor has done wrong by signing that ageist bill. The ageist law in Iowa City must be repealed so the referendum on that law must become a reality.

  2. Ajax the Great Says:

    I have never been a big fan of “social host” laws, especially when they involve drinkers over 18. Such laws are a major affront to personal responsibility, and even justice itself.