Category: College

Amethyst Initiative: College Presidents Lead in Reducing Alcohol Abuse

The Amethyst Initiative is a group of college and university presidents across the U.S. They promote public discussion about the unintended consequences of current alcohol policies. This includes the minimum legal drinking age of 21. Amethyst Initiative presidents  invite new ideas on how best to prepare young adults to make responsible decisions about alcohol use. Dr. […]

Reduce Underage Alcohol Abuse In Creative Ways: Here are Seven

Our society uses many techniques in efforts to reduce underage alcohol abuse. A few are effective, but most are not. And there’s no silver bullet. Therefore, we must continue examining additional possibilities. Here are some creative ways to try to reduce underage alcohol abuse. I. “Card” Youth on Their 21st Birthday A most dangerous practice […]

Alcohol Medical Emergency Amnesty at Colleges and Universities

Alcohol Amnesty Alcohol medical emergency amnesty policies at colleges and universities are to save lives. They give a higher priority to protecting students’ safety and lives than to enforcing alcohol rules. Hundreds of colleges and universities have medical alcohol emergency amnesty policies. Clemson University implemented such a policy after a major tragedy. The existence of an […]

Alcohol Enforcement ABCs at University of Virginia: Problems in Enforcing Alcohol Policies

Alcohol Enforcement is Important Alcohol is part of the University experience. Frat parties, bar hopping and tailgating before football games are just as collegiate as classes and exams. Then there’s alcohol enforcement. Yet it caught most everyone by surprise when [University of] Virginia’s new Alcohol Beverage Control [ABC] officer stationed in Charlottesville started bringing down […]

Children, Alcohol and Parenting: What Should Parents Do?

Alcohol and parenting is a controversial subject. What’s the best thing for parents to do? What can they legally do? The subject of alcohol and parenting is surrounded by conflicting beliefs and opinions. And also by a high degree of emotion. Fortunately, research provides useful answers. This can guide us as parents. I. Some Important […]

College Alcohol Amnesty Policies (“Good Samaritan” Policies)

What is College Alcohol Amnesty? College alcohol amnesty policies for students are becoming wide-spread. These Good Samaritan policies are designed to protect the health and lives of students who over-consume alcohol. If they need medical help, speed is important. College alcohol amnesty assures people that they won’t be disciplined for obtaining that help. Nor will […]

Drinking Age Issue: Minimum Legal Drinking Age Debate

The drinking age issue has caused debate for decades. Opinions continue to differ. Here are some of the many arguments in favor of lowering the minimum legal drinking age. There is widespread misunderstanding about the Minimum Legal Drinking Age Act of 1984. Unfortunately, its title is misleading. It doesn’t actually require states to lower their drinking […]

Alcohol Amnesty Policies (Medical Amnesty) Save College Student Lives.

College Emergency Alcohol Amnesty Policies College policies for medical emergency alcohol amnesty are widespread. They place protecting the health and safety of students as a college’s very highest priority. These policies have one primary goal. It’s to protect the health and lives of students who over-consume alcohol and need medical help. It assuring them that […]

Liquor Bans on College Campuses: New Distilled Spirits Policies

Liquor Bans on College Campuses Some institutions of higher education have imposed new alcohol policies. These policies establish liquor bans on college campuses. The policies now restrict the possession or consumption of distilled spirits. Often called liquor, distilled spirits are vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, tequila and other distilled beverages. These policies are well-intentioned. They’re an […]

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