Kansas Colleges Battle Binge Drinking

This week, KSN-TV in Wichita, Kansas reported on statewide efforts to curb binge drinking on college campuses. Recently, Kansas State University officials began an investigation into an alcohol-fueled hazing incident that occurred just a few weeks after the school year started. The KSN report makes it clear that these problems persist despite the efforts of law enforcement and university administrators: “No matter how many regulations are put in place, officials and students admit heavy drinking isn’t going away.”

If you’re a college student in Kansas, check out KSN’s report to see what types of policies are being considered to create a healthier environment.

4 Responses to “Kansas Colleges Battle Binge Drinking”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. Binge drinking in universities, in this case of Kansas, persists because no licensing and comprehensive alcohol education program was provided along with respecting the age of majority. Universities must repeal their policy which allows them to contact students’ parents because that policy is very ageist. As the college year progresses, there will be more hazing incidents because binge drinking is common in universities.

  2. Robert Says:

    Clearly, binge drinking and underage drinking will never go away. Increased enforcement will only make headlines as adults (yes ADULTS) continue to further their drinking from “socially accepted” and safe locations. The 21 year old drinking age has cause many problems. First and foremost, parents who accept and enforce the law increase the likelihood that their kids will drive home drunk in an effort to make it appear that they have not been drinking while leaving the responsible adults (who should be teach their kids how to drink) in the dark. Secondly, in university sponsored events, the students result to bringing mini-bottles (liquor) to the events (would beer not be a safer, less potent alternative if drinking could be in the open and supervised?). More importantly, the disrespect for the law has become such a “cool” and “in thing” to do that getting wasted is the point of drinking. Drinking is not longer looked upon as a social lubricant to assist in part of the night but has rather become the point of the night. This not only decreases the security of student, but as a whole hurts the future of America as students are drinking to the point that their education is hampered. Remove the age, allow open drinking, where bad habits are frowned upon, where beer is encouraged over liquor, and it will be increasingly beneficial.

  3. PI Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. Binge drinking in universities, in this case of Kansas, persists because no licensing and comprehensive alcohol education program was provided along with respecting the age of majority. Universities must repeal their policy which allows them to contact students’ parents because that policy is very ageist. As the college year progresses, there will be more hazing incidents because binge drinking is common in universities.

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