College campuses may be centers of learning, research, intellectual activity, and many positive things, but they are also frequently places where substances are abused at a disproportionately high rate. Studies have shown that college and university students will binge drink and consume both legal and illegal drugs at a higher rate than their peers who do not attend institutes of higher education. The structure of college campus communities contributes to this reality, and can also pose challenges when it comes to policing this kind of behavior.
Springtime is, among other things, prom time. It is a time when teenagers like to up and too frequently, view the evening as an opportunity to act in ways that they perceive as grown up.
While a lot has changed in the last two decades, alcohol consumption among our teenagers has not, according to Jan Withers, President of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). Alcohol still is the most dangerous thing our kids consume and kills more children than all illicit drugs combined, said MADD at a recent Washington D.C. press conference.
A recent story on Iowa’s KCRG Channel 9 focuses on the seemingly intractable problem of college binge drinking among students at the University of Iowa. Reports show that students at UI drink much more than their peers nationally.
When I first graduated from law school, I represented a couple that was being sued for wrongful death by the parents of a classmate of their son. For me, the theory of liability was a novel one; one I had never been asked to consider during Torts class in school.
Drinking games tend to be somewhat of a right of passage for some – especially on college campuses. For those young adults who elect to engage in such games in a bar, the risk escalates.