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    Binge drinking is a problem on college and university campuses around the country, and a recent Arlington Catholic Herald article discusses what some Catholic colleges are doing to remedy the situation. Two of the campuses featured in the article—Christendom College and The Catholic University of America—are also recommended in The Newman Guide, which includes a section describing campus policies for promoting the virtue of sobriety. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), nearly four out of five students in college drink alcohol, with half of them consuming alcohol through binge drinking. The NIAAA also reports that an estimated 3,360,000 students drive under the influence, more than 696,000 students are assaulted by a student who has been drinking, and more than 97,000 students are victims of alcohol-related sexual abuse or rape. (via Catholic Colleges Are Working to Address Binge Drinking on Campus)

    Science Shows That Pop Music Is Actually Brainwashing Kids to Drink - It turns out the music we listen to has a significant and measurable impact on our drinking habits. A recent study conducted by Dartmouth College and the University of Pittsburgh showed that teenagers who like songs with explicit alcohol references are two to three times more likely to engage in binge drinking than teenagers who aren’t familiar with booze-addled pop.

    Kim Jong-Un ‘in hospital with fractured ankles after ballooning to 20st’) - There have been earlier suggestions that Kim’s obesity and binge drinking have brought on gout which confined him to his residence for several days.

    There are valid arguments on both sides of the issue.

    One of the most vocal groups against lowering the drinking age is Mothers Against Drunk Driving. On their website, MADD states: We support the 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) because it saves lives, prevents injuries, and protects still-developing brains. That’s not to say that underage drinking doesn’t still happen, but rather that we need to focus on ways to improve education and enforcement of the existing law — not try to change it.”

    A Gallup Poll taken in July of this year suggests that most Americans agree with MADD. A staggering 74 percent of people surveyed were against lowering the MLDA to 18.

    Proponents for lowering the MLDA are just as vocal. In April of this year, Camille Paglia wrote in Time Magazine, “…the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, passed by Congress 30 years ago this July, is a gross violation of civil liberties and must be repealed.”

    Rise in sex attacks on young girls blamed on binge-drinking boys ) - Rise in sex attacks on young girls blamed on binge-drinking boys
    By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: September 25, 2014

    By Faye Preston

    'CONCERNING': A rise in sexual offences where both victim and offender are children has been blamed on teenage boys drinking too much.
    ‘CONCERNING’: A rise in sexual offences where both victim and offender are children has been blamed on teenage boys drinking too much.
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    BINGE-drinking teenage boys are to blame for a worrying rise in sex assaults on young girls, police say.

    Humberside Police figures show the number of sex attacks where the offender and victim are both under 18 are increasing at a rapid rate.

    Now, Assistant Chief Constable Alan Leaver has said more must be done to tackle the issue.

    He said: “There is one common factor to be found in both suspects and victim and that is alcohol consumption.

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    Fraternities Are Their Own Worst Enemies, Not Drunk Girls ) - Bill Frezza, the president of the alumni house corporation for MIT fraternity Chi Phi Beta, wrote a post on Forbes’ contributor network on Tuesday entitled “Drunk Female Guests Are the Gravest Threat to Fraternities.” In the article, which has since been taken down but can be viewed through Google cache here (note the incredibly offensive stock image of a drunk girl in the post), he argues that female students who binge drink before going to fraternity house parties are more responsible for frat closures and suspensions than the actions of the frat members themselves. He implies that these intoxicated girls are the cause of sexual assault allegations, not the drunk boys who allegedly attack them. And he ignores altogether the prevalent problem of death and injury by hazing at frats.

    A MAN whose body was found at a block of flats in Hampshire died of alcohol intoxication, an inquest heard.

    The hearing heard how Guy St John Loveday’s body was discovered by residents of Valentine Close, in Fareham, inside the bin shed where he had been sleeping rough.

    As previously reported by the Daily Echo his death was initially being treated as suspicious by police but Portsmouth coroner’s court last night heard that the 50-year-old, a known alcoholic, died on April 30 of alcohol poisoning.

    A post-mortem examination revealed that his blood alcohol level was five-and-a-half times the legal driving limit. Pathologist Dr Basil Purdue said that Mr Loveday also had alcoholic ketoacidosis, a potentially life-threatening condition caused by alcoholism.

    The UK-based drinks group is offering the funding through its new global initiative, Diageo Technology Ventures (DTV).

    Through the initiative, Diageo intends to partner with entrepreneurs and burgeoning tech companies to develop solutions to a series of drinks industry-related issues.

    To begin with, Diageo is seeking applications from companies with ideas that can encourage consumers to drink more responsibly, by tapping into existing digital behaviour.

    Idaho woman gives IV to girl, 14, with alcohol poisoning instead of calling 911  - A 37-year-old Idaho woman was determined not to stop a teen drinking party even after she thought a 14-year-old girl passed out due to alcohol poisoning.
    Instead of calling for an ambulance, Jennifer A. Phippen administered an IV to the unconscious girl at a party last month, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.
    Phippen was charged with two counts of felony injury to child for neglecting the juvenile’s medical situation, and for providing the girl and other underage kids with alcohol for the Aug. 24 birthday party for a teenage boy, police said.

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    A new medical video encouraging healthcare professionals to talk with patients who drink alcohol about the importance of moderation will begin airing this month in thousands of physicians’ offices, acute care hospitals and military facilities across the country, according to David Holden, Senior Producer for Mission Critical Health.
    The news report, hosted by American Medical Women’s Association President Dr. Farzanna Haffizulla and produced by Mission Critical Health (MCH), provides healthcare professionals and their patients with important science-based information on alcohol and health from the U.S. Dietary Guidelines and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Healthcare professionals can play an important role in educating patients about moderate drinking. In fact, according to the CDC, alcohol screening and counseling is an effective health service but it is often underutilized by healthcare providers.

    A MAN died after drinking so much his blood alcohol level was more than five times the legal limit for driving.

    Frank Leadbitter, 46, was found collapsed in his sitting room at home in Christchurch Place, Peterlee, an inquest heard.

    Detective Sergeant Joanne Long of Durham Police told the hearing at the Coroners’ Court in Crook she was called to the house in the early hours of July 8.

    “Concerns had been raised by members of his family,” said Det Sgt Long. “Inquiries found Mr Leadbitter had existing alcohol issues. There was evidence of drinking in the house, including empty alcohol containers and drinking vessels.

    “Mr Leadbitter had been in company for part of the day, but there is no evidence of any third party involvement in his death or suspicious circumstances.”

    A post mortem examination found Mr Leadbitter died from acute alcohol intoxication.

    Foreign students should be careful when they drink too much in Rome

    For a young, English-speaking tourist, Rome’s flourishing nightlife offers plenty of options, from jazz bars to disco clubs. Exploring the city at night allows visitors to view Rome from a new perspective and enjoy the movida, the culture that comes alive after dark. As well as the monuments that draw visitors to the city in the first place, there is also a trendy and vibrant bar scene for a young audience. However it is important to know how to navigate these areas safely and to be aware of the dangerous drinking culture and the pitfalls that exist for foreign students.

    Busy late-night bars in Campo de’ Fiori or north of the Ponte Milvio, and small, cramped clubs in Trastevere attract flocks of American students and other young foreign tourists. However, along with more customers has come an increase in violence and unsafe behaviour. From mass brawls to physical and sexual assaults, the popular places for visitors to experience Rome’s nightlife have evolved into troublesome areas.

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