Barrett Seaman wins RSA Journalism Award

Congratulations to Choose Responsibility Board member Barrett Seaman who won Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) 2008 Journalism Award.  Barrett was recognized for his 2005 book Binge: Campus Life in an Age of Disconnection and Excess and the contributions it made to alcohol research and to college student drinking specifically.  Dr. Scott Swartzwelder, also a [CR] Board member and active RSA research scientist, nominated Binge for the Award, and in his presentation stated “The awards committee recognized [Seaman’s] work to reflect excellent scholarship and high social relevance and noted that his commitment to the issue of college drinking was enduring and impressive.”  The Award was presented at the closing dinner of the RSA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on July 2.  The entire Board and staff of Choose Responsibility was present to celebrate this important recognition of Barrett’s contribution to the field. 


Barrett Seaman’s acceptance remarks:

“Thanks, Scott, judges.  I’m flattered but frankly astonished that a group of data-driven, knowledgeable scientists would actually be enlightened by the musings of a journalist who wandered into the thick of American campus life with a notebook in his hand.  Makes me think I must have gotten at least part of it right.




I believe that we cannot expect young people to learn how to handle alcohol responsibly if we walk out of the room and assume that the law is going to solve the problem.  We need to be in that room, demonstrating that one doesn’t need to do shots and get falling down drink to enjoy oneself.



I would urge you, as scientists, to help us, as a society, find the right balance between legislating behavior, as we try to do now, and educating young people objectively so they can take responsibility for their behavior.”



Congratulations to Barrett for this great achievement!  See here for coverage from Hamilton College. 

2 Responses to “Barrett Seaman wins RSA Journalism Award”

  1. Jason Says:

    Unless the old MLDA21 Act of 1984 gets repealed,everything is hopeleless no matter how you fight and no matter of true facts about 21.

  2. Marshall Guthrie Says:

    That’s the goal.