MPR: Minnesota Colleges and Binge Drinking

Minnesota Public Radio’s Tim Post reported late last week on the drinking culture at Minnesota colleges, which have now gone a full year without an alcohol-related death. It’s clear from Post’s article that excessive drinking is still a problem, however, and it might be “luck, and not changes in campus policy, that has kept Minnesota college campuses free from binge drinking deaths this school year.” Check out the rest of the story here.

2 Responses to “MPR: Minnesota Colleges and Binge Drinking”

  1. Edwin Says:

    It’s good to hear that colleges in Minnesota have not suffered a death due to alcohol abuse, although it’s prevalant. The current drinking age does a disservice to all who are 18, 19, and 20 because no one in that age group are taught how to drink responsibly, thus encouraging alcohol abuse from a lack of an alcohol licensing program. Thus, the drinking age must be lowered to 18 and the program implemented whereby a culture of responsibility will form.

  2. Mark Says:

    This college is making things worse in two ways with their $50 fine for drinking under age off campus or on. First they further helping to criminalize an entire generation of young people. Second, they are afoul of the constitution. Only the courts can fine you for an infraction. In fineing student’s $50 just because they are students on top of the fine the judge gives them they are acting as sentence givers…only the judge can do that. They claim this fee is the cost of attending a class on drinking but it is an additional fine none the less.