Amnesty Policy Combats Rising Binge Rates at U. of Delaware

During the spring of 2008, the University of Delaware’s Center for Alcohol and Drug Studies surveyed students to determine the rates of binge and toxic drinking on campus. Rachel Kipp of the Wilmington News Journal dove into the newly-released results of the study on Wednesday morning: nearly two out of three students said that they binge drink during the course of an average month.

In response to these trends, UD administrators have implemented a new medical amnesty program that will encourage students to call for help when their friends have consumed too much alcohol. Last year, Delaware first-year student Brett Griffin passed away after a night of heavy drinking, and school officials hope that these new measures will help prevent similar incidents in the future. George Breslford, the school’s Dean of Students, explained the rationale behind the policy change:

“What we’re trying to do is to take the fear away. We don’t want the discussion of whether to call for help to take place. By removing the idea of getting you in trouble, we’d like to think we’re going to get more phone calls and more people getting help when they need to get help.”

What are your thoughts on this new policy? Let us know in the comments.

One Response to “Amnesty Policy Combats Rising Binge Rates at U. of Delaware”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The University of Delaware has done the correct thing by implementing a medical amnesty policy to make sure no university student dies of binge drinking. The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. Every university must have a medical amnesty because regardless of age, no student should in a university. The ageist drinking age encourages alcohol abuse by those aged 18-20 and is a comprehensive alcohol licensing program and a drinking age at 18 will be the best solution.