Roanoke Times: “Under 21” on College Sports and Drinking

Over the weekend, Tonia Moxley of the Roanoke Times published another installment of the paper’s “Under 21” series, which discusses the issues of underage and toxic drinking on college campuses in Virginia. This week’s installment, “Paying the Price for Drinking,” traces the connection between college sports and heavy drinking by examining the large number of public intoxication citations that are issued before and after football games at Virginia Tech. Moxley noted that “About 800 Tech and Radford University students cited by local police for underage possession go through the state’s Alcohol Safety Action Program in Christiansburg each year.”

The director of Virginia’s ASAP program, Susan Marchon, told the Times, “We see more alcohol-related charges coming out of football games than any other sport. It’s not the fault of football; it’s just the social expectation.”

What’s your take on the connection between college sports and heavy drinking? Let us know in the comments.

2 Responses to “Roanoke Times: “Under 21” on College Sports and Drinking”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. 18, 19, and 20 year olds are adults, which means that the age group must have the privilege of consuming alcohol responsibly. Binge drinking is a consequence of of the ageist drinking age which doesn’t instill alcohol responsibility to those aged 18-20. Opponents of the Amethyst Initiative only debate traffic accidents, but there other issues, especially binge drinking. A good program should be started at Virginia Tech for responsibility.

  2. Tonia Moxley Says:

    Your posting on the story about college football and alcohol is presented, without a link to the entire story, in such a way as to be misleading.

    The story analyzes arguments made by the Amethyst Initiative along with the science available on the legal drinking age and points out some flaws in the initiative’s assertions. The story also quotes the leading researcher in college drinking trends, who says the only scientifically sound way to reduce binge drinking is to raise taxes on alcohol.

    Check out the whole story, and the series at,

    Tonia Moxley
    Higher education reporter
    The Roanoke (Va.) Times.