[CR] Week in Review

[CR] President John McCardell was featured on CNN Newsroom AM early this week as he discussed the issue of the legal drinking age with anchor Heidi Collins and a panel that included Adrian Lund, President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the student editor of the Emory Wheel in Georgia. Did you catch the segment? Let us know what you thought in the comments, and if we’re able to track down a clip of the segment, we’ll post it here in an update next week. Check out the rest of this week’s headlines before the weekend starts:

Stories this week:

On Wednesday, we made note of a story in the Wilmington News Journal that detailed recent efforts to curb binge drinking at the University of Delaware. Administrators there are testing a new alcohol amnesty policy for students this semester, and on Thursday, the News Journal’s editorial board called the new policy a “smart move”: “The amnesty program won’t end the problem. But this harm reduction approach could cut down on the damage the students inflict on themselves and others by the binge drinking. That’s a step forward.”

Suzanne Mims sketched out the way minor in possession laws are enforced on Virginia college campuses in the online edition of the Washington Examiner. She cautioned parents to have a grasp of the differences between campus alcohol policies and state laws when sending their young adults back to college.

Jacob Zitterkopf, the President of the Student Senate at Chadron State College, warned returning and new students alike about the dangers of excessive drinking in the Wednesday edition of Nebraska’s Chadron Record.

In other news…

Researchers from the University of Florida and San Diego State University explored the effects of pricing on alcohol consumption trends in an article that will be published in the November issue of Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research. Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times’ “Well” health blog wrote, “Researchers found that the higher the cost per gram of ethanol, the less intoxicated bar patrons were upon leaving the establishment.” What’s your take on these findings?

Ignition interlocks are one form of technology that can serve as an effective tool to cut down on instances of drunk driving. On Monday, the Agence France-Presse reported that Toyota is developing its own brand of interlocks.

A few reminders: the Labor Day weekend is often one of the most dangerous of the year for people who are traveling on the highways, so if you choose to drink, do so responsibly and make sure you have a designated driver. The [CR] offices will be closed in observance of the holiday on Monday. Enjoy the weekend!

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. It’s good that John McCardell was on CNN to argue against the ageist drinking age. The University of Delaware did good by implementing a medical amnesty policy. Higher priced alcoholic drinks do discourage people from buying too much, thus binge drinking is reduced but alcoholic drinks shouldn’t be hyperinflated for that purpose. Laws against “underage” drinking are very hard, thus the age of majority must be recognized with alcohol education.