Battling Binge Drinking at Florida-Georgia Game

Over the weekend, Marcus Garner of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on new efforts by University of Florida President J. Bernard Machen to cut down on binge drinking at the annual Florida-Georgia football game, which was once popularly known as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.” Machen sent a letter to Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton requesting that more citywide regulations be instituted to cut down on abusive drinking, including limitations on the number of establishments serving alcohol and prohibitions on the sale of shots inside a waterfront shopping area.

Machen’s letter, which alluded to an incident where he saw “emergency crews at a previous game rush an underaged girl to the hospital because she was passed out drunk before noon,” comes on the heels of student deaths in 2004 and 2005. What’s your take on this effort? Clearly, something needs to be done to prevent these types of incidents from happening again. Can these new policies work?

One Response to “Battling Binge Drinking at Florida-Georgia Game”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The President of University of Florida policies regarding alcohol consumption are good, but except for one. Prohibition is not the answer, which includes eliminating alcohol sales at a shopping area. Alcohol abuse by university students must decrease because that isn’t responsibility and its unfortunate that a university woman was not conscience because of binge drinking. The drinking age must be lowered to 18 with an alcohol education program to effectively combat binge drinking.