[CR] Week in Review

[CR] President John McCardell is on the west coast this week, as he’s preparing to participate in a debate about the legal drinking age at the American College Health Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco. If you’re a [CR] volunteer in the San Francisco area and you see coverage of the event in the local media, send us a news tip on Twitter @CResponsibility. Here’s the latest rundown of this week’s headlines:

Stories this week:

Alex Koroknay-Palicz, the Executive Director of the National Youth Rights Association, will appear on VoiceAmerica’s “One Hour at a Time with Mary Woods” on Monday, June 1 at 3:00 PM EST. He’ll be discussing the issue of lowering the legal drinking age. You can listen to the show and download an .mp3 of the segment after it airs here.

In Thursday’s issue of North By Northwestern, Jason Plautz looked back on the alcohol-related death of Northwestern student Matthew Sunshine and asked, “Drinking was the biggest factor in Sunshine’s death, but did Northwestern’s drinking policy play a role? Would it have happened if, like Yale, Northwestern had a medical amnesty policy?”

On a related note, we blogged about the Red Watch Band program that was launched at SUNY Stony Brook in response to Sunshine’s death a few weeks ago, and the group has now launched its own website. Visit them for more information about how to bring the program to your campus.

New Jersey has considered many different legislative solutions to the issue of binge drinking recently, and the editors of the Press of Atlantic City weighed in with their take earlier in the week. They believe “lowering the drinking age should be part of any legitimate review of the problem of underage drinking.”

In other news…

NPR offered its listeners some advice on keeping young adults safe during prom and graduation season with a segment called “Keeping Teens Sober at Prom with Science” on the Monday edition of Talk of the Nation.

Marlon Mundt of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Family Medicine has published a new study on collegiate binge drinking in the upcoming September issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Mundt’s group of researchers found that college-age binge drinkers who scored high on a thrill-seeking disposition test were five times more likely to be injured in an alcohol-related accident than their peers.

If you missed it, check out the Missoulian‘s four part series on binge drinking, drunk driving, and the problems caused by the drinking culture in Montana (1, 2, 3, 4).

Have we missed something in this week’s update? Let us know in the comments.

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    It’s good that the National Youth Rights Association, of which I’m affiliated with, is going to debate the ageist drinking age; including John McCardell. Every university must have a medical amnesty policy to prevent deaths caused by alcohol abuse. I still condemn the New Jersey committee which is trying to uphold an ageist drinking age, however the Press of Atlantic City has got the correct idea. The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program.