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Do you think there is anything a university could do to reduce student drinking?

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“Make it a dry campus, fraternities and sororities included.”

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“Minimize the publicity school get for being ‘party schools.’”

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“There’s not really anything schools can do. It all depends on who you hang out with.”


Fred St. Aubyn 8 months, 2 weeks ago

The two previous posters exemplify why it is difficult to curb student drinking and its oftentimes devastating effects - because it's all just a big joke to them. At least the first three OTS respondents have the right idea.

Lawrence Freeman 8 months, 2 weeks ago

And your post exemplifies what is wrong with the U.S. today. College students are adults, capable of making their own decisions. The fact that you and your puritanical brethren want to control everyone else's life is what's ruining the U.S.

Fred St. Aubyn 8 months, 2 weeks ago

If you ever had to spend time around the carnage caused by alcohol abuse, you might not think it's quite so funny.

Chronological age and maturity are not one in the same. You are empirical proof of that.

Lawrence Freeman 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Alcohol abuse is not caused by Universities, most likely by genetics and poor parenting. Prohibition was an abysmal failure, no matter if you would like to bring it back along with more gun control. Some students along with other young adults will ruin their lives. Some will succeed. That is just the way the world works. No matter what. So unless you're a god, it's not up to you to micro manage other peoples lives.

Fred St. Aubyn 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Unless and until that person's life intersects with my life or the life of my family member, i.e. a drunk driving crash.

Personal responsibility is apparently something you're not a big fan of. I couldn't care less if you want to remain in your humble abode and drink yourself to death, but oftentimes alcohol abuse involves innocent victims. Until people accept responsibility for their actions, society as a whole will have to do some people's thinking for them, i.e. laws and restrictions. Your callousness toward a terrible societal problem is telling.

Lawrence Freeman 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Well until a person intersects with your life. You have no right to tell them how to live. There are laws to deal out justice WHEN a person transgress'. The vast majority of people do accept their personal responsibilities. If you think I'm callous, mother nature is far worse.

Josh Thompson 8 months, 2 weeks ago

"You have no right to tell them how to live."

First Amendment Mr. Freeman. As much as you rant about the Second Amendment I'd assume you had read that one first.

Lawrence Freeman 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Let me rephrase that then. LOL He certainly has the right to rant and speak. His problem is he wants to use the government to force his opinions on others.

Josh Thompson 8 months, 2 weeks ago

My suggeestion would be to close The Wheel, Bullwinkle's, and The Cave to start. All three are well known for underage drinking.

Lawrence Freeman 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Thereby depriving the majority of people having fun there. How about LE just enforcing the laws that already exist.

Elizabeth Astar 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Does Kansas breed prohibitionists? I know it was before the engineer's time, but prohibition has been shown to fail. All a dry campus would do is encourage secretive drinking and prevent people for getting assistance when they have had too much.

Prevent it and it will get worse.

Lawrence Freeman 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Welcome to the backwaters Elizabeth! Too many of our posters would have fit in well with the 1600's puritans! As well as wanting to be English subjects. I don't t think they like reading history. . .it's proven their ideas wrong.

Fred St. Aubyn 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Go ahead Larry and Lizzy - promote irresponsible behavior relating to alcohol. Just do me a favor and call me over after you or your loved one is maimed or killed by a drunk driver, so i can hear you say, 'aww, it's no problem, they're just kids.'

Lawrence Freeman 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I've had a brother in law killed by a drunk driver and a nephew and a sister in law killed by a female driver. I also had a teenage female driver ram me in the rain on K-10. should I start a pogram against female drivers? Life is a crap shoot there are no guarantees. When you are born the only certainty in life is you will die. My oldest sister died from gall bladder cancer. She never smoked or drank and went to church every Sunday. She was 57.

Fred St. Aubyn 8 months, 2 weeks ago

So we shouldn't do anything to try to alleviate those things which take people before old age gets them? Just keep drinking and driving and going out in thunderstorms with a 2-iron held in the air cause you're gonna die anyway. Wow, what a pathetic philosophy.

Josh Thompson 8 months, 2 weeks ago

It's not pathetic Fred, it's the truth. People get drunk and high because life sucks sometimes. What do you suggest? Living life on your knees, praying to some all powerful being in the sky in hopes you will live on in eternal life after death?

Fred St. Aubyn 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Not a bad idea, but that's not what we're discussing here. We're talking about minimizing the likelihood of young people being taken too soon.

Josh Thompson 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Actually the OP was about what can be done to reduce student drinking. People that don't drink die too buddy. Life is what we get, we need to make the best of it.

Lawrence Freeman 8 months, 2 weeks ago

If that's ' true, why aren't you screaming about teens texting while driving? That has surpassed teen alcohol deaths.

Mark Rainey 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Omaha has a multifaceted approach, have cut DUI arrests, binge drinking hospital visits to 1/2 of Lawrence"s rate. They employed the ideas of a task force of bar owners, police, and students. Underage/binge drinking is a profit center, and is protected as such here.

Tracy Rogers 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Get a DUI or MIP and you must sit out a semester.

Richard Heckler 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Keep telling people two drinks are plenty. Given enough time relaxation will come. If a person wants to drink more take it home. But do not forget hangovers are painful and a waste of time.

DUI's now cost thousands of $$$$$$$$$$ and a bunch of inconvenience. Might lose driving privileges.

If one cannot remember the night before or how one gets home it's time to quit for awhile. There is a real life problem.

Women always be careful who you are drinking with no matter what or how long you've known that person. Perhaps consider two years of Karate for self defense.

Lawrence Freeman 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Women should always remember an old, old poem. 1 drink if you're able, 2 at most, 3 under the table, 4 under the host!

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