Daily Kansan on Binge Drinking at Univ. of Kansas

Earlier this week, Ray Sagebrecht of the Daily Kansan at the University of Kansas profiled the campus drinking culture and investigated some administrative efforts to curb dangerous alcohol consumption. John Drees, a registered nurse at the Lawrence Medical Center, told Sagebrecht that he has seen excessive drinking become increasingly popular during his 10 years working in the hospital’s emergency room:

“Every year at the hospital, Drees said, the number of alcohol poisoning cases increases, and from 2000 to 2008, it shot up by 59 percent. By 2008, he said more than 1,500 patients came in for an alcohol-related health problem, 600 of which were University students. Drees said the most common age of alcohol poisoning patients was 18, the same as a typical college freshman.

‘Most of the times they didn’t set out that night to end up in the emergency department,” Drees said. “Their idea was to have fun, but unfortunately they’re not having fun.'”

Drees said he believes overindulgence has become synonymous with fun – a cultural shift which has helped create many of the alcohol-related problems on campus.

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One Response to “Daily Kansan on Binge Drinking at Univ. of Kansas”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. All university students, especially those aged 18-20 must acknowledge that binge drinking is alcohol abuse. Every university must have a medical amnesty policy to to take those 18-20 who have binge drinked to hospital. The drinking age encourages binge drinking by those 18-20 because it doesn’t instill responsibility about alcohol to them. Binge drinking is a problem that must decreased with solutions that are not ageist.