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Sheltering students isn't the answer.
social tip: when you are sneaking a (filled) beer fridge into your dorm room, and the RA catches you at the elevator, be sure to recite the "John Barleycorn" speech with your hands on the fridge, and have your buds take the finger off the "door open" button as you slap the door and announce, "And Now, the bar is OPEN!" worked for us in the 70s ;)
In addition to the deaths cited in the editorial, alcohol is a contributing factor in the overwhelming majority of sexual assaults on college campuses. College students are also involved in countless drunk driving accidents which oftentimes result in injuries or fatalities. Alcohol is a very dangerous substance and any college should have to do everything possible to limit the threat to students.
One of the most dangerous substances that can be legally consume is alcohol. The best folks to teach kids to drink responsibly are their parents. However, we don't allow kids to (legally) start drinking until 3 years after they have left their parents' care. We need to lower the drinking age so that kids can learn to drink responsibly at home. Start with the weak stuff (wine coolers) at 14 or so and ramp up from there.
Having a sister who came out of college an alcoholic, it's not as easy as saying that 21 year olds will "realize" that drinking doesn't do anything for them. If the campus wants to be dry, so be it. The college isn't stopping students from going to off campus locations to drink. It is just enforcing the rules on campus. If you've ever seen UW Madison on a Friday night, you'd also realize just how out of control drinking can be for some students. I'm not saying for everyone, but some just don't think about or understand that there are risks involved.
If you are 21 and want to drink, go to a bar or a friends house off campus. Keeping alcohol in your dorm room can come back to bite you in the butt, long term.
swschrad, yeah, but in the 70's we could also legally drink when we were 18 or 19. I think that's why I don't remember a chunk of the 70's...
reader818, sexual assault and driving while drunk are illegal. How is banning alcohol from campus going to limit the frequency of these crimes? Alcohol is not a dangerous substance. Irresponsible people are the danger. Banning alcohol from college campuses only drives students to house parties and abandoned buildings where zero supervision takes place, increasing the likelihood of irresponsible decisions.
reader818: Yes, alcohol IS dangerous. However, banning it from campus only further encourages off-campus drinking (and driving). Sexual assaults connection valid, but will happen whether drinking on- or off-campus. UW-Stout and other schools' programs are better responses to the challenge. UW-LaCrosse student patrols also a big help.
Ironic that smoking is prohibited on campuses even though it is a legal activity fro all students. Meanwhile, since 75% of the students are not legally allowed to drink, but lets allow drinking on campus. Further, how many seniors are really in the dorms.
Nanny State USA!
Drinking on campus is already illegal if you are under 21. Guess what, we still did it even in violating of the law and campus policy. I don't see what a total ban would accomplish for those over 21.
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