[CR] Week in Review

This week has been another scorcher here in Washington, and we’re looking forward to some cooler weather in the fall when [CR] representatives will be hitting the road to give presentations and participate in debates on college campuses. If you have an idea for an event you’d like to plan, please e-mail us, then catch up on the latest headlines.

Stories this week:

Make sure you read Michael Waxman’s “Maine Voices” commentary for the Portland Press Herald on the challenges posed by Legal Age 21, which was published on Monday.

Guam raised its drinking age to 21 this month, and we’ve already started to see some familiar headlines, including this one from the Pacific Daily News: “Enforcing New Law a Challenge.”

Toben Nelson of the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health surveyed 351 colleges across the country and concluded that these schools are not doing enough to prevent binge drinking among students. Check out Tim Post’s report for Minnesota Public Radio to find out why.

In other news…

A new study on alcohol consumption trends across all age groups from 1992-2002 reveals that the percentage of people who drink is trending upward. Although the average number of drinks consumed per month remained steady over that period, the study did highlight a jump in the number of people who engaged in binge drinking at least once per month. Check out Denise Mann’s breakdown of the statistics for Health.com here. The study will be published in an upcoming edition of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

The Board of Trustees at Clemson University has asked the school to develop a more comprehensive plan to reduce toxic drinking among students, including the possibility of moving the Greek rush period to the spring term. Trustee Bill Amick told the Anderson Independent Mail, “The status quo will not be accepted. We can’t get a life back.”

Anita Kumar penned an in-depth report on Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s effort to privatize liquor sales in his state. McDonnell plans to roll out his plan for privatization in early August. Get the full story in last Sunday’s edition of the Washington Post.

One Response to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with its important components. The government of Guam has done wrong by raising the drinking age to 21 so it’s an ageist drinking age. It’s good that Toben Nelson has surveyed hundreds of universities and colleges so that they will be better at decreasing binge drinking by its students. Clemson University should develop a good program to reduce alcohol abuse by its students. Any licensed non-government store should be allowed to sell any type of alcohol.