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Marshall Davis Brown Jr: The University Crackdown on Underage and Excessive Drinking

Friday, June 28, 2013

The University Crackdown on Underage and Excessive Drinking

 One of the first thing people will ask you when you choose a college or university to attend is, "Is that a party school?" or "What's the nightlife like?" It's a known fact that a large percentage of college students enjoy partying – many alumni look back fondly on their college years and all the parties they went to. But this is also precisely what frightens parents about sending their kids away and the reason for universities cracking down with rules and laws, and when you take some lawsuits into consideration, it's easy to see why.

A recent study shows that teen drinking may cause irreversible brain damage. A neuroscientist from the University of California took brain scans of teens who drink habitually and compared them to teen non-drinkers. The comparison showed that there is compromised white matter in the brains of heavy drinkers, and that this could be irreversible.

But it's not just teens that make us worry, it's overage drinkers, too. Remember the court case in which a bar fight turned into the stabbing of a 22-year-old football player in College Station? According to attorney Marshall Davis Brown Jr, the stabber was acting in defense of his friend, who was being beaten after a bar fight. Or what about the numerous college students who drink and drive each year, harming not only themselves, but innocent bystanders?

The fact that so many schools are becoming strict, or even dry, when it comes to alcohol on campus might not please the students who love to party. But the evidence is there – something needs to be done about the behaviors that stem from excessive student drinking.


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