[CR] Week in Review

Happy Friday, everyone – we’re right in the middle of the holiday season, so please remember that if you choose to drink, do so responsibly and use a designated driver. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that “between 2002 and 2006, nearly four fatalities out of 10 involved alcohol-impaired crashes in the last two weeks of December.” Stay safe on the roads this holiday season – here’s the latest edition of the [CR] Week in Review:

Stories this week:

Marissa Lang, a reporter with the University of Maryland’s Diamondback Online, wrote a story about the culture of consumption at Maryland and other schools. Maryland’s president, Dan Mote, has been a leader in the debate about dangerous drinking on college campuses, as the school hosted a day-long summit on the Amethyst Initiative a few weeks ago.

Marc Fisher of the Washington Post offered his solution to the D.C. City Council’s struggle to find meaningful prevention strategies for the city’s bars and restaurants: “The real solution is not to tinker with the penalties levied on bars, but to lower the drinking age to a more reasonable 18 or 19, and, at the same time, to raise the driving age to at least that level.”

In the debate about Legal Age 21, voices that challenge the conventional wisdom are vital – Eric Arnold of Forbes proposed his own unconventional wisdom in a Wednesday post on wine and spirits.

In other news…

Saturday’s edition of the Columbus Dispatch featured a story by Martin Rozenman on the failure of the abstinence message. One local high school student put it bluntly: “Zero tolerance doesn’t work.”

Health Day News reported on a study which found that researchers’ definitions of binge drinking are often out of step with the lexicon of binge drinking. Join Together has more details on how the language of intoxication might contribute to dangerous consumption.

Researchers at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Canada explored the phenomenon called pre-gaming in the latest edition of the journal Addiction, noting that prevention efforts for licensed establishments can backfire and lead to binge drinking. The study concludes: “Perhaps the most important lesson for policy and prevention planning is the recognition that getting drunk appears to be an underlying motivation for drinking (and pre-drinking) among many young people, highlighting the need for effective strategies to reduce planned intoxication. For example, policy and programming aimed to change drinking norms and promote moderation require further development, implementation and evaluation. Approaches that encourage young people to make safer choices when they are drinking require further development and should address pre-drinking specifically.”

Did we miss anything? Let us know or discuss these stories in the comments.

2 Responses to “[CR] Week in Review”

  1. Corey Says:

    Please don’t raise the driving age. Instead get rid of the drinking age and let kids learn to drink in moderation before getting into high school. We ask in an auto depended society that you don’t raise the driving age. Driving is a milestone of independance and we shouldn’t deprive them of that until they’re senoirs or have graduated. David Hansen says to abolish the drinking age like in Puerto Rico and keep the driving age where it is at 15 or 16. He compared it to Colorado and Puerto Rico Wins! New Zealand Fermers begged legeslators not to raise the driving age and the farmers won! They need their kids to drive to sporting events and run errands for them. So let the permit age be 15 years an licenseing age 15 years 6 months like in New Zealand and 7 US states. I say no minimum drinking age! Driving is a privilage in Europe, but driving should be recognized as a right in America unless the motorist commits criminal activity behind the wheel!

  2. Edwin Says:

    Good comment Corey. In my own words, because lowering the drinking age sounds a little far-fetched, the drinking age must be lowered to 18. With Choose Responsibilty’s plan, the issue of maturity will become futile because with education and an alcohol license, I believe that a drinking age at 18 will be more effective than the drinking age will ever be! NO MORE 21!