[CR] Week in Review

In case you missed it earlier this week, check out Daily Beast reporter Isabel Kaplan’s profile of medical amnesty policies and her interview with [CR] President John McCardell that was published on Tuesday. If you live in Vermont and would like to hear more about these issues in person, Dr. McCardell will be speaking at an event at Castleton College next Monday. Can’t make it to Castleton? Check out these headlines for the latest news.

Stories this week:

The editors of the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter believe that the recently-passed Wisconsin Assembly bill that sets 18 as the standard for parentally-supervised alcohol consumption in bars and restaurants takes a good first step toward resolving some of the state’s alcohol-related problems. Read their editorial to find out why.

Kevin Bargnes of the Wisconsin Badger-Herald wrote a persuasive column calling for the repeal of the federal highway funding penalty currently attached to Legal Age 21: “What I want to see is our state legislators granted the latitude to evaluate the drinking culture in their states and make laws based on that, without fear of reprisal from the federal government.” What do you think of his argument?

Alexandra Churchill, a reporter with The New Hampshire at UNH, noticed that her school is one of the few in the region without a Good Samaritan or medical amnesty policy. Students on campus are organizing on Facebook and petitioning the student government to advocate for the implementation of such a policy.

In other news…

A few months ago, we mentioned a newly-formed group at the University of Nevada – Reno which received federal grant money to plan late-night activities that would give students new options besides clandestine drinking parties. The Nevada Sagebrush reviewed the group’s performance in its first semester of operation and concluded that the group was modestly successful.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported this week on some new research that will examine the effect of different types of anti-binge drinking messages on student drinking patterns. A team of Kansas State University researchers is leading the project, and they hope to publish the results of their study this summer.

Susan Krauss Whitborne, a Psychology professor at U. Mass. – Amherst is trying to untangle the meanings of the positive correlation between frequent drinking and frequent exercise among college students. Read her article in Psychology Today for more information about her research.

Did we miss something in this week’s update? Leave us a link in the comments.

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with education and licensing so I will buy a long-sleeve shirt from Choose Responsibility to increase awareness of that message. Kevin Bargnes is correct in that states must given the sole authority, without interference to create good solutions surrounding alcohol. The University of New Hampshire must create a medical amnesty policy. Binge drinking is a problem among those 18-20 so the Topeka Capital-Journal is doing good by ranking anti-binge drinking messages.