IU Students making progress toward more responsible drinking trends.

Posted on October 19, 2011 by

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Hugh McBride has written some good information on the student’s conflicts with alcohol. McBride mentions that Hoosiers of Indiana University are improving on their alcohol consumption. This is mentioned when Mcbride says “Hoosiers Making Progress”. On Nov. 12, the University of Indiana issued a press release to announce evidence of progress in the school’s effort to combat alcohol abuse and binge drinking among students. The release heralded the following set of statistics:

– The percentage of IU students who consumed more than five drinks in a week went from 42.8 percent in 2006 to 37.5 percent in 2009, a 12.4 percent decrease.

– The percentage of IU students who engaged in binge drinking in the previous two weeks went from 60.3 percent in 2006 to 56.8 percent in 2009, a 5.8 percent decrease.

– The percentage of IU students who have experienced legal troubles or received disciplinary action in the previous two weeks went from 15.3 percent in 2006 to 12.3 percent in 2009, a 19.6 percent decrease. The percentage of IU students who have driven while intoxicated went from 38.4 percent in 2006 to 22.6 percent in 2009, a 41.1 percent decrease.

– A former “winner” of the Princeton Review’s party school list (2002), IU has instituted a number of preventive measures and awareness initiatives, including a “don’t drink and drive” campaign, a proactive student judicial system, and a requirement that all new students complete a two-to-three-hour online alcohol education course.

“In the past, our rates have been higher than the rest of the country,” Dee Owens, director of the school’s Alcohol-Drug Information Center, said in the release. “Now, instead of looking at our numbers going up or just staying steady — which is considered a great success — we saw our numbers go down in every category.”

Thank you Mr. McBride for this great news and I agree with his statistics and facts because studies were conducted to prove such. And not only that but I notice as a 29 year old man that less and less people on campus mention parting and drinking often. Maybe it’s just because I’m out of the swing with the current youth, but I still try to be cool…lol.

It really motivates me to know that we are improving in our choices toward alcoholism in our campus life. It’s not that I feel drinking is wrong or right, but speaking from a hardened drinker in my past I truly believe that students are better off not drinking, because by choosing to drink you add new factors to your life that one may not be ready for. And being responsible is not always easy. Not to mention the drama drinking can cause in your life can be astonishing. So have fun, and keep up the good work IU.

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