[CR] Week in Review (with year-end video!)

2009 has been a very successful year for Choose Responsibility. From our feature stories on 60 Minutes and The Colbert Report to our participation in major policy conferences and the launch of the Get REAL campaign, [CR] was able to bring the drinking age debate to wider audiences than ever before. For a summary of our activities this year, please take a few minutes to watch this video with [CR] President John McCardell:

Stories this week:

[CR] board member Barrett Seaman recently contributed an opinion piece on the drinking age for Hamilton College’s Alumni Review. Check out “The Case Against 21: A Report from the Front Lines” to get his take on the issue.

In case you missed them, several media outlets in California covered the issue of binge drinking by young adults and recent cases of alcohol poisoning deaths this week. Visit the San Jose Mercury News to see the troubling trends in these cases, and check out the Los Angeles Times for a report on new research that tracks rates of extreme binge drinking. The editors of the Pasadena Star-News also wrote a response to a recent local alcohol-related death: “From tragedy comes chance to educate.”

Peter Nathan, a former provost at the University of Iowa, stressed the importance of parental involvement and research in any efforts to curb binge drinking in his op-ed response to the Daily Iowan’s investigative report on campus binge drinking.

In other news…

Ann-Elise Henzl of WUWM-FM, Milwaukee Public Radio, reported on some new changes to drunk driving laws in Wisconsin, which will include ignition interlocks mandates for all repeat offenders.

Prevention officials and advocates in North Dakota are proposing a ballot initiative that would raise the state’s taxes on alcohol, allocating a portion of the new tax revenues to the Governor’s Prevention Advisory Council on Drugs and Alcohol. In a 2006-2007 survey compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, North Dakota had the highest rate of underage binge drinking in the country at 29.5%. What’s your take on this proposed ballot initiative?

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Choose Responsibility to support our efforts in 2010. Happy Holidays!

2 Responses to “[CR] Week in Review (with year-end video!)”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. The ageist drinking of 21 encourages binge drinking by those 18-20, an age group that is associated with being in university. North Dakota can raise their tax on alcohol to reduce binge drinking by young women and young men. For me, it’s alright for those 18-20 to drink alcohol responsibly. 2009 is a year in which more attention has been gained surrounding the ageist drinking age to implement a much better solution.

  2. Corey Says:

    I know this sounds crazy but all states should reject federal funding for anything that the states are suppose to handle and heres why:
    The 10th Amendment states:
    “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
    The Constitution assigns all powers not delegated to the federal government to the states or the people.

    Domestic federal “aid” not authorized by the Constitution is not only illegal, it is immoral.

    We call upon the states, therefore, to decline to accept all monies from the federal government for any purpose not specifically and clearly articulated in the Constitution, and reject all federal mandates and regulations which are unconstitutional, thus restoring the intended balance of power between the states and their creation, the U.S. Government.