New – [CR] Week in Review

This week, we’re launching a new service on the [CR] blog for our readers. Our issue has received a tremendous amount of media attention in the past few months, and we’d like to keep you in the loop. Every Friday morning, we’ll post a round-up of news clips and interesting stories on binge drinking, alcohol culture, and our proposal from around the country.

Stories this week:

Ted Long, President of Elizabethtown College and Amethyst Initiative signatory, participated in a community forum on the drinking age sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lancaster, PA.

Campus debates and panel discussions on the drinking age have been very popular in the past few months – Virginia Tech’s Collegiate Times reported that the school hosted a forum on college alcohol policy, the drinking age, and town/gown relations at the Blacksburg Municipal Building.

Ohio State’s student paper, The Lantern, posted a round-up of recent public statements made by President Gordon Gee, including a link to this video from a few weeks ago.

In other news…

Last Friday marked the 75th anniversary of the repeal of national prohibition, and Maureen Ogle wrote a provocative piece in US News about the lingering effects of the prohibition experiment.

Alex Morris of New York magazine penned a feature piece on high-risk drinking among young women with some alarming statistics: did you know that the rate of frequent binge drinking at all-female colleges increased 124 percent between 1993 and 2001?

The online editors of the New York Times have launched a new blog called Proof: Alcohol and American Life. From the editors: “In “Proof,” contributors consider the charms, powers and dangers of drink, and the role it plays in their lives.” They started the blog with a post on the anniversary of repeal, and followed up with a piece on dangerous drinking during the holiday season.

Dick Gordon, host of The Story on North Carolina Public Radio, interviewed Jack Gilles about his relationship with Gordie Bailey, the University of Colorado student who died after a night of drinking on his fraternity’s pledge night in 2004. Gilles now works with educators and young adults to prevent the kind of dangerous drinking that led to Gordie’s death. Watch “Haze,” the film inspired by Gordie’s tragic story, here.

Do you have anything to add? Send us a link or discuss these stories in the comments.

2 Responses to “New – [CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The more debate the better because one day this issue will become very important, and with that publicity, we will have the oppurtunity to overturn the current drinking age. I support lowering the drinking age to 18, and with the positive publicity created by Choose Responsibilty, this inefficient and ignorant law will be replaced by a much better law.

  2. Corey Says:

    The drinking age has nothing to do with Drunk Driving. MADD was neo-prohibitionist from the mid 1980’s. I don’t know why Candy Lightner wanted the drinking age raised if she said to go after the most dangerous drivers? BAC and breathalyzers are poor ways of proving impairement. Lets let the states return to the glorious 70’s and end Prohibition II once and for all!