Toledo Blade on Stony Brook’s Red Watch Band

Tom Walton, a retired editor and weekly columnist with the Toledo Blade recently discussed the efforts of Stony Brook University’s Red Watch Band in his Monday column titled “Young adult binge drinking nothing to slough off.” Walton lives in Bowling Green and sees the effects of toxic drinking firsthand, but he wrote that the problem extends beyond the borders of college campuses: “If this were only BGSU’s problem or the City of Bowling Green’s problem, there would be no need for the hand-wringing to extend beyond the city limits. But the sad truth is that alcohol abuse by young people 18 to 24 is a crisis across the land, and not just at our universities.”

Walton offered an endorsement of the Red Watch Band as a program that has the potential to encourage safe behavior and save lives: “if just one son or daughter of a total stranger is spared, I don’t care what the critics think.”

What do you think? Check out Walton’s column and leave your feedback in the comments.

3 Responses to “Toledo Blade on Stony Brook’s Red Watch Band”

  1. Walter F. Wouk Says:

    A recent Swedish study, for example, defines a binge as the consumption of half a bottle of spirits or two bottles of wine on the same occasion. Similarly, a study in Italy found that consuming an average of eight drinks a day was considered normal drinking — clearly not bingeing. In the United kingdom, bingeing is commonly defined as consuming 11 or more drinks on an occasion.

    But in the United States, some researchers have defined binging as consuming five or more drinks on an occasion (an “occasion” can refer to an entire day). And now some have even expanded the definition to include consuming four or more drinks on an occasion by a woman — Despite that fact that many so-called binge drinkers remain legally sober.( )

  2. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. The Red Band program will hopefully significantly reduce binge drinking, thus decreasing the consequence of it, including rape. Universities are where binge drinking by those 18-20 and other young adults is common, making it a crisis, as Tom Walton said. The ageist drinking age has encouraged, encourages, and will encourage binge drinking by young adults because the solution must include respecting the age of majority and responsibility.

  3. Scott Says:

    Binge drinking isn’t just a problem in the 18-20 year old range its also a problem in 21-25+ year old range…and i would know this for a fact because i, myself am 20 yrs old and have whitnessed my older friends in action. The main reason is because the bars are too expensive, which is a problem that is hard to solve.