NPR: Reining in Tailgate Parties a Challenge for Colleges

Over the weekend, Greg Allen of NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” continued the recent trend of media interest in the connection between college sports and alcohol with a story about the pressures that college officials face in their attempts to curb dangerous drinking at sporting events. He discussed various efforts at the University of Florida to reduce underage drinking, but noted that administrators sometimes run into resistance from alumni groups, who return to campus to participate in tailgating events. Allen also spoke with Traci Toomey, a professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health who is currently conducting research which will measure alcohol consumption among tailgaters.

Check out the audio of the story here and let us know what you think in the comments.

One Response to “NPR: Reining in Tailgate Parties a Challenge for Colleges”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. Those 18-20 drinking responsibly is no problem with me. Although binge drinking does happen among university students, young women and young men can drink responsibly and that is a fact. It’s good that the alumni groups keep university law enforcement in check so that the university won’t implement too oppressive policies against those 18-20. Tailgating is tradition for football games, thus it can’t be too restricted.