MD State Senator Drops Beer Pong Law

Recently, Maryland State Senator George Della Jr. introduced a bill to ban beer pong and other drinking games in Baltimore bars, but the Baltimore Sun reported that Della withdrew the bill this week after receiving “a flurry of angry e-mails” from supporters of the drinking games.

Given the response to Della’s legislation, it’s hard to argue that these games are just a phenomenon on college campuses – they’ve become part of the larger drinking culture.

What do you think? Are you surprised that Della dropped the bill so quickly? Let us know in the comments.

3 Responses to “MD State Senator Drops Beer Pong Law”

  1. Edwin Says:

    In order for a culture of alcohol responsibilty to form, these beer pong games would have to be much reduced. In addition, these beer pong games encourage alcohol abuse on campuses, thus eroding any chance for alcohol responsibility to form. The drinking age must be lowered to 18 alongside the alcohol program so that those 18-20 may practice alcohol responsibility and be rewarded with an alcohol license. Finally, I believe that Choose Responsibilty’s program should be implemented as soon as possible because of its benefits.

  2. Michael Says:

    Prohibiting beer pong not only infringes on civil liberties, but it is no different then the failed attempts of trying to ban alcohol.

    These are the wrong approaches. Acts such as drinking, underage drinking, and drinking games are similar to damming a river. Either give it a controlled overflow, or it will find it’s own way around.

    Keep in mind I don’t necessarily condone beer pong, but I believe trying to legislate it away is taking a blunt object to a delicate problem.

  3. Tony Says:

    It is precisely because of idiotic restrictions like these that excessive drinking is a problem. Most young people want to find something they can really get excited about, something that will let them yell, act crazy, and generally make a fool of themselves, if only for an hour or two. Until we as a society stop being so excessively repressive, the severity with which people act out will necessarily be extreme. Every restrictive law and excessive social restraint worsens the problem, even if it is made in the hope of fixing them.