New efforts to curb binge drinking at U. of Iowa

Administrators at the University of Iowa took some fresh steps to curb binge drinking this week. The University set aside $50,000 to fund late-night, on-campus activities without alcohol. The money is intended for concerts, adventure programs, and comedy nights that will take the focus away from alcohol-fueled parties. Other large universities have successfully tried similar programs in the past, including a series of events this fall at the University of Maryland.

The school also hired a new consultant who will examine student drinking habits and develop strategies for encouraging safe behavior. The Daily Iowan reported that her approach will be multi-dimensional: “she will hold focus groups with students, parents, faculty, and community members to gauge how to bring the groups together and create an effective communications plan to curb excessive drinking.”

One Response to “New efforts to curb binge drinking at U. of Iowa”

  1. Edwin Says:

    These new efforts to curb binge drinking are good, however there is one error. Instead of prohibition at late-night campus activities, the college should instead encourage responsible drinking among college students. The fact is that alcohol can be responsibily consumed with encouragement and enforcement, not prohibition. It’s because that college students aren’t educated on alcohol that the drinking age must be lowered to 18 and the alcohol program implemented.