Monthly Archives: June 2017

Peer pressure can limit student binge drinking, says University of Kansas study

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Peer pressure can lead college students to drink heavily. But a new study by a researcher shows that social cues can also be an effective way to get college students to stop binge drinking, too. A University of Kansas study found that the prospect of embarrassment and shame among peers may be the most effective way to keep students from drinking dangerously Continue reading

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UT Daily Texan reports that Penn State student Timothy Piazza’s alcohol poisoning/hazing death needs to be a lesson to all

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Orientation for the University of Texas comes with parties for inexperienced 18 year olds. Many of these students are looking to enter Greek life in the fall and these potential new members are thrown into alcohol based activities and a higher chance of becoming dangerously intoxicated. This is when it becomes vital for university members to know the laws that surround underage consumption and amnesty, reports the UT Daily Texan. Continue reading

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You have double the risk of premature death if you drank alcohol as a teenager

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When did you start to drink? While the drinking age in the UK remains 18, many teenagers have their first foray into alcohol much before this. However, if you were getting drunk before you turned 15, this can almost double your risk of an early death, new research has revealed. Teens drinking before their 15th year – binge drinking in particular – are 47% more likely to develop serious health implications later in life. Continue reading

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Revelations from hearing on teen’s death from alcohol poisoning at Penn State frat

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“He looked dead. He looked like a corpse,” it was after his second fall down a set of basement stairs. Penn State student Timothy Piazza had fallen almost 10 hours earlier after a hazing ritual, and fell down the same set of stairs early the next morning after being left alone on a couch. It took less than 10 minutes for the 14 Beta Theta Pi pledges to complete “the gauntlet,” a hazing ritual involving drinking large quantities of beer, wine and vodka at stations, according to Monday’s testimony. Piazza had a BAC of nearly 0.36. Continue reading

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24 students face hazing charges after 5 softball players suffer alcohol poisoning at Tarleton State

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24 students were charged with hazing two months after binge-drinking initiations sent five Tarleton State students to the hospital. Authorities recently issued 72 warrants for those involved in the incident that left the five intramural softball players with alcohol poisoning. Continue reading

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Daily Texan Commentary: Legislative progress mandates institutional reassessments of sexual assault

During the 85th session, the Texas Legislature sent three bills addressing college rape to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk. Two of these bills prohibit the prosecution of minors who report sexual assault, harassment, or other forms of sexual misconduct while illegally consuming alcohol. The third bill mandates that Texas universities have anonymous online platforms for students to report such assaults and misconduct. While these measures present a heartening turn in the legislation regarding rape on campus, significant adjustments must be made by universities in order to accommodate expanded understandings of the problem of rape on campus. Continue reading

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