Under age drinking can be a serious problemUnder age drinking a serious problem, especially at high schools and college campuses across the United States. Despite alcohol awareness programs, the incidence of under age drinking has increased over the last several years. Many young students now consider getting drunk and partying a ritualistic part of their college experience. Should we all accept this as a rite of passage or should more be done to stop this epidemic? With parents often hundreds of miles away, it may become the responsibility of colleges, college administrators and law enforcement officers to work together to help curb the problem.
Common Solutions implemented at CollegesThrowing a weekend party? Some colleges require student groups to submit a guest list by the Thursday before the party, allowing the administration to review it.
- Requiring all campus parties to be alcohol free
- Eliminating the display of beer posters in dorm rooms or any other material that can be viewed as promotional
- Removing shot glasses and other alcohol-related items from the campus bookstores
- Random police patrols inside fraternity houses
- Increased marketing campaigns to discourage students from drinking excessively
- Suspensions from school for multiple alcohol offenses
- Increasing intervention, enforcement and education efforts
- Landlords are now frequently checking to see if a student had disciplinary problems or alcohol related issues at the school or in the dorm prior to signing rental agreements
- Encouraging responsible drinking habits
- Talking to students about the dangers of consuming alcohol and drugs
- Having speakers talk to students about the dangers of alcohol
- Increasing the penalties for any under age student caught drinking