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CHANGING THE CAMPUS DRINKING CULTURE:
SENATE RESOLUTION TO REDUCE BINGE DRINKING On March 5, Senator Joseph R. Biden (D-DE) proposed a resolution of the U.S. Senate aimed at changing the campus drinking culture to support healthier student choices about alcohol. The "Collegiate Initiative to Reduce Binge Drinking" (S. Res. 192) calls on all institutions of higher education to adopt a code of principles designed to create a campus environment that de-emphasizes the role of heavy drinking in student life (below). Like U.S. House of Representatives Resolution 321 introduced by Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy in December, S. Res. 192 notes that: many college presidents rank alcohol abuse as the number one problem on campus; alcohol is a factor in the three leading causes of death for 15-24 year olds; alcohol is involved in a large percentage of campus rapes, violent crimes, student suicides, and fraternity "hazing" injuries; almost half (44%) of all students qualify as binge drinkers; and heavy drinking causes problems for students who drink and has "second hand" effects on many others.
Although it would not create a legally binding requirement for college campuses, S.Res. 192, if supported by a majority of senators, would express the sense of the Senate that student drinking has become a national problem that federal leadership can help address.
Please contact your Senator and ask him or her to sign-on to Senate Resolution 192, "The Collegiate Initiative to Reduce Binge Drinking."
Remember that telephone calls are usually fielded by a staff member, not the Senator. Ask to speak with the aide who handles alcohol or higher education issues. After identifying yourself and the Resolution, briefly state the reasons for your support and ask your Senator to support the Resolution. Ask your Senator's office to contact Matthew Baumgart at Sen. Biden's office (224-5042).
If you decide to write a letter, please consider these tips from Roll Call, a newspaper covering Congress:
Senate Resolution 192
"The Collegiate Initiative to Reduce Binge Drinking" Sponsored by Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE)
March 5, 1998 SEC. 2. SENSE OF THE SENATE.
It is the sense of the Senate that, in an effort to change the culture of alcohol consumption on college campuses, all institutions of higher education should carry out the following:
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March 20, 1998