[CR] Week in Review

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Stories this week:

[CR] President John McCardell was a guest on “The Say Anything Show” with Rob Port on WZFG-AM in Fargo, North Dakota on Tuesday night. You can listen to the segment here – look for the 6/9/09 program in the audio player. Dr. McCardell joins Rob about 31:00 into the show.

What sparked Dr. McCardell’s appearance on the Say Anything show, you ask? Newly-released data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates that North Dakota has the highest rates of binge and underage drinking in the nation – the Bismarck Tribune reported that “40 percent of North Dakotans ages 12 to 20 had at least one drink during the month before the survey was taken.” In addition, 32% of North Dakotans over the age of 12 engaged in binge drinking in the month before the survey. The numbers were collected in 2006 and 2007, and USA Today has lists of the highest and lowest-ranked states for both binge and underage drinking.

Creston News Advertiser columnist Tyler Ellyson wrote about the drinking age debate this week, and at the end of his column, he asked a simple question: “Why not give the citizens who are mature enough to vote and fight overseas a chance to prove their maturity when it comes to alcohol?”

The Albany Times Union reported earlier this week that Siena College in Loudonville, NY is now among a group of 60 colleges in 22 states that have decided to implement the Red Watch Band program next fall. The anti-binge drinking program, which began at Stony Brook University, aims to educate students about the dangers of reckless drinking and the signs of alcohol poisoning. (Scroll down on the Times Union link for the full story.)

In other news…

Did you catch the Washington Post story about a nationwide collegiate advertising contest intended to get students to think more about the dangers of binge drinking? If not, you can read about the participants and the contest here.

From the Journal of Mixed Methods Research comes new evidence that binge drinking is a serious problem for members of the armed services. A new study on the U.S. Navy suggested that the culture of the Navy workplace can contribute to higher rates of dangerous drinking among enlisted members than civilians. Clearly, a new approach to alcohol education is necessary if we hope to make a positive impact on young servicemembers.

Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments.

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    Those aged 18, 19, and 20 are adults, meaning it’s stupid to call people of that age group “underage”. In addition, the drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. Tyler Ellyson is exactly correct why those aged 18-20 must have the privilege of consuming alcohol and with an alcohol program, it will be a success. It’s good that Siena College has implemented the Red Watch Band program and many more colleges should implement it in order to reduce alcohol abuse.