Colby College Bans Liquor to Fight Binge Drinking, Alcohol Poisonings

Leslie Bridgers of the Portland Press-Herald reports that Colby College will ban hard alcohol from all dorms and parties beginning this year in an attempt to cut down on dangerous episodes of toxic drinking by students.

The ban comes “more than two years after nearly 20 students were hospitalized for alcohol poisoning following a now-defunct annual tradition called Champagne on the Steps, in which seniors marked the end of classes by drinking on the steps of Colby’s library.”

Colby Dean of Students Jim Terhune said the ban would hopefully lead to safer outcomes for students who choose to drink, since “we don’t have students ending up in the hospital because they’ve had too many beers.” However, some students believe the policy – which bans liquor for all students, regardless of age – is too restrictive and might lead to more underground pre-gaming. What do you think?

3 Responses to “Colby College Bans Liquor to Fight Binge Drinking, Alcohol Poisonings”

  1. Edwin Says:

    I will buy the long sleeve shirt from Choose Responsibility when it’s available so I’m waiting for that shirt. The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with its important components. Colby College is not doing a bad thing by prohibiting liquor and other hard alcohol from being brought into the dorms and parties by its students. That college has done a good thing by not sponsoring Champagne on the Steps. Although the rule by Colby College is restrictive, this is a small step and this is the most I will go on rules.

  2. Luke Says:

    As a student of Colby College, I can honestly say that this will not and is not working. How can you enforce such a rule? You never know what someone is carrying in their backpack or in a water bottle. Also this policy just enforces the idea of “just don’t get caught.” Honestly, this is a laughable policy. The whole reason that people use hard alcohol is because it gets you drunk fast and cheap and it is very easy to hide and transport. If you really want to fight binge drinking, how about lowering the drinking age so we can go out and drink in a social setting instead of just drinking to get drunk.

  3. Ajax the Great Says:

    Prohibition has never worked, period. Didn’t work then, doesn’t work now.