Readers React to Boston Globe Story on Tufts President

In the June 13 issue of the Boston Globe, a number of readers responded to a front-page article on Tufts University president Lawrence Bacow and his unique approach to combating binge drinking on campus.  As described in the most recent [CR] Week in Review, after finding an undergraduate student passed out on his front lawn following a home football game, Bacow began the practice of summoning students who had been treated for alcohol intoxication to his office in order to speak with them about the dangers of toxic alcohol consumption.

Over the weekend, readers submitted their reactions to the article and generally applauded Bacow for taking a fresh look at the issue of binge drinking on his campus. Here’s a sampling of their comments on the story:

Stephen Nelson commended Bacow’s approach as a “sober, compassionate, and smart way” to deal with the issue. Amy Stein, a reader who worked with at-risk youth for years, expressed her desire to pursue an approach that stresses “prevention rather than response.” She suggested mandatory alcohol education and stress management classes for incoming first-years.

One writer, who worked as a substance abuse counselor at Tufts, worried that the trend of increased binge drinking may be symptomatic of a larger mental health crisis. She warned that students may be binge drinking in order to address a host of underlying problems, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and other mental health conditions.

Reader William J. Holinger made the most controversial suggestion of the group: he attributed the spike in toxic drinking among young adults to the widespread nature of alcohol advertising, which has expanded online and into the social media realm.  He wondered if tougher restrictions on alcohol advertising campaigns might decrease instances of toxic alcohol consumption among students and young adults.

What do you think of these responses?  Let us know and leave your own reactions in the comments.

2 Responses to “Readers React to Boston Globe Story on Tufts President”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with its important components. Lawrence Bacow of Tufts University is doing a good thing by making students come to his office for them to discourage binge drinking. I don’t support Amy Stein’s recommendation to mandate stress management classes for 1st years but the alcohol education requirement is reasonable. Alcohol advertisement should not be restricted to adults, this means those who are 18-20. Websites shouldn’t support this kind of ageism.

  2. Marshall Says:

    What’s wrong with stress management classes?