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Stanford Bans Hard Alcohol for Undergraduates on Campus

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Stanford University has announced a ban on hard alcohol from any undergraduate parties and shots from graduate school parties in an effort to reduce binge drinking on campus.

University officials noted that the move was done as a preventative measure against violence, vandalism, and other consequences related to binge drinking.

“The University does not tolerate reckless drinking — lawful or unlawful — and its consequent harmful behaviors,” according to the updated student alcohol policy. “The University is especially concerned about the misuse of distilled alcohol products (“hard alcohol”), and the dangers that arise from that misuse.”

Former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner was recently sentenced to six months in jail for his role in the sexual assault of an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on the campus.  Turner claimed his actions were the result of “party culture and risk-taking behavior.”

In a letter sent to Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, Turner said he had not attended a party where alcohol was present before enrolling in Stanford.  He said that once he began his college career, he turned to drinking to handle the stress of school and swimming.

“The swim team set no limits on partying or drinking and I saw the guys take full advantage of these circumstances, while I was shown to do the same,” he wrote.

However, documents later released by the Santa Clara County Superior Court suggested that Turner had a long history with alcohol that pre-dated his college years.  In addition, they stated that Turner had made unwanted sexual advances on women in the past, writes Rosanna Xia for The Los Angeles Times.

University officials met with students earlier in the year to ask their opinion on how to best handle the drinking culture on campus as well as the pressures felt by students to drink.

An email written this week to students by Greg Boardman, vice provost for student affairs noted the reasons students had discussed why they felt the need to drink alcohol.  These reasons included handling social anxiety, and feelings of alienation as a result of friends drinking, which can sometimes be deep enough that students do not feel comfortable in their own house, reports Madison Park for CNN.

The updated alcohol policy at the school will continue to allow beer and wine at on-campus undergraduate parties, but will place limits on hard alcohol.  Considered to be anything over 40 proof, or 20% alcohol by volume, hard liquor will be allowed on campus as long as it comes in bottles less than 750 milliliters.  This rule applies for undergraduate dorm rooms, common spaces, and public spaces on campus, such as athletic facilities or dining halls.  All alcohol must be stored and contained in the original bottle it was was purchased in.

Straight shots of hard alcohol will be banned from all parties.

While punishments for violating the new policy will vary depending on the circumstances, students could be sent to mandatory alcohol education seminars or referred to counselors for treatment.  Any continual behavior could cause students to be removed from student housing or additional disciplinary measures, reports Greg Toppo for USA Today.

The ban is expected to be met with displeasure from students.  A referendum this spring resulted in 91% voting against the alcohol ban and close to 1,720 people signing a petition against the proposal.

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Recovery Schools Combine Education with Drug, Alcohol Treatment

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A report from Recovery.org has detailed recovery high schools, which offer a safe place for students suffering from drug or alcohol addiction to attend school without facing peer pressure to continue to participate in these behaviors. Recovery high schools include a curriculum that is combined with treatment and support options for students.

Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that 27.2% of students across the United States between grades eight and twelve have tried drugs in the last year.  The report, “Sober High: The State of Recovery High Schools in America,” states that this scenario creates a “dangerous environment” for students who are using drugs as well as for their classmates.

A 2013 estimate from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that 2.3 million kids between the ages of 12 and 17 have used drugs.  Just 5.4% of these children have received help from a treatment program.

The report discusses three treatment programs available for high school-age youth, including treatment center schools, therapeutic boarding schools, and recovery high schools.  While traditional options such as treatment center schools and boarding schools help students, the report states that these schools may not be the best option.

Treatment center schools focus on substance abuse while also providing educational instruction, and boarding schools offer an educational program combined with specialized structure and support.

Meanwhile, recovery high schools try to reduce the impact of treatment by allowing students to continue to live in their own homes.  These schools are typically associated with other schools rather than treatment centers and are available to all students who need them.  The one requirement for enrollment is that students are serious about their desire to end their drug use.

In terms of success rates, recovery high schools have been found to have a 30% relapse rate, while those who go through normal intervention methods hold a 70% relapse rate.  Despite the effectiveness, there is still a low amount of awareness surrounding these schools, with only 34 such schools in existence to date.  Two-time Emmy Award–winning actress and author as well as Executive Director & Co-Founder of SLAM Kristen Johnston noted her concern about this, stating: “The fact that I’m still screaming into a wind tunnel about this issue is shocking to me.”

The Ostiguy Recovery High School in Boston is highlighted as a positive, effect model.  Of the 81 students enrolled, the majority, 42 students, either graduated or moved up a grade, with an additional 11 students advancing to the next level and returning to their home schools.

The report states that these results are due to the curriculum, which combines traditional classes with electives that focus on personal growth and development in an effort to prepare students for life after school.

However, despite these results, recovery schools often end up closing for a number of reasons, including transportation, stigma, awareness, and funding.

The report concludes by offering help to those struggling with drug or alcohol addiction.  They suggest visiting Recovery.org or calling 1-888-319-2606 for additional information.

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Med Students More Likely to Have Alcohol Dependency

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According to a recently released study, medical students are more likely to have drinking problems compared to their peers who did not attend medical school, especially those who are young, unmarried, and hold higher amounts of debt.

Researchers for the Mayo Clinic looked at burnout rates among 12,500 medical students.  Of the 4,000 students who responded to the survey, 1,400 were found to have developed clinical alcohol dependence or abuse.  Study results found 30% of medical students to have a problem with consuming alcohol.

Published online in the Academic Medicine journal, the study states that alcohol abuse is common among younger students who carry a heavier debt load.  Co-author Eric Jackson, a medical student at Mayo Medical School, suggests that wellness programs could help solve these issues.

“In our paper we recommend wellness curricula for medical schools, identifying and remediating factors within the learning environment contributing to stress, and removal of barriers to mental health services,” said Eric Jackson, a Mayo Medical School student and the study’s first author.

Dr. Liselotte Dyrbye, an internist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota notes that the findings suggest cause for concern, as medical students are poised to be the future of medicine.  She said it is in the interest of the American people to keep these students in particular away from alcohol.

“Our findings clearly show there is reason for concern,” said study senior author Dr. Liselotte Dyrbye, an internist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “We recommend institutions pursue a multifaceted solution to address related issues with burnout, the cost of medical education and alcohol abuse,” she said in a Mayo news release.

According to the study, medical students were twice as likely to have alcohol-related problems than surgeons, physicians, and the general public.

Researchers also found a correlation between such burnout factors as depersonalization and emotional weariness and drinking among medical students.  Other factors include the amount of debt, being younger than most other students in medical school, or being unmarried or single.  No statistical differences were found concerning gender or medical school year, reports Katherine Derla for Tech Times.

In order to find a solution to the issue, the authors suggest discovering which factor plays the largest role when it comes to these students abusing alcohol.  One idea concerns the rising cost of medical school.  According to the researchers, the cost of going to such a school increased by 209% since 1995 for private colleges and 286% for public institutions.  Medical students who graduated just two years ago had an average of $ 180,000 in debt, reports Daniel Contreras for Pulse Headlines.

The authors did suggest that medical schools focus more on removing barriers that cause students to not seek out mental health services when necessary, writes David Kellen for Lighthouse News Daily.

A separate study found that student loans are not only an issue for students or young professionals.  Results of that study determined a high number of those age 65 or older who still have unpaid college debt.

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Parent Alcohol Consumption Influences Children’s Drinking Habits


The UK Department of Health has announced official guidelines recommending that young people who are 15-years-old or younger should not drink alcohol. But even though the number of children who admit to drinking alcohol has decreased recently, the teenage years are when most youngsters have their first experience with alcohol, with some kids drinking even before they are teenagers.

Yvonne Kelly, author of recent research on alcohol and young people, writes for the Independent that 11-year-old kids whose parents drink excessively are about twice as likely to drink than those children whose parents do not drink. This difference is especially true if the heavy or binge drinker is the mother.

The study by Kelly, Professor of Lifecourse Epidemiology at University College London, was published in BioMedCentral. Other scientists involved in the research were from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

A common theory among parents is that prohibiting children from drinking may result in “secret drinking” and a loss of trust in the parent-child relationship. Though well-intentioned, allowing kids to have a small glass of wine with water added during a family meal may not be the correct approach.

Through the use of information from the Millennium Cohort Study that followed the lives of 20,000 kids born from 2000 to 2002, researchers found that almost 14% of children aged 11 said they had imbibed alcohol. Seventy-eight percent of children said their friends did not drink.

Parents were divided into three groups: nondrinkers, light to moderate drinkers, and heavy or binge drinkers. Of those in the cohort, 20% of mothers and 15% of fathers were non-drinkers, 60% of parents were light to moderate drinkers, and approximately a quarter of dads and roughly 20% of mothers were heavy or binge drinkers.

When moms were non-drinkers, 8% of their 11-year-old children drank. The rate rose to 12% for light to moderate drinkers, and heavy drinkers saw 16% of their 11-year-olds drinking. That means that when compared to mothers who did not drink, children who had moms who were light to moderate drinkers had a 60% increase in the risk of drinking at 11-years-old. Heavy or binge drinking mothers increased the risk of their 11-year-old drinking alcohol by 80%.

Dads’ drinking, no matter the level of their intake, had approximately half as much bearing on their children’s drinking. Kids who said their friends drank were over four times as likely to drink than children whose friends did not drink.

The study also found that boys were more likely to be drinking than girls. Other factors that contributed to the early start of drinking alcohol were the commencement of puberty, being the second- or later-born child, social or emotional problems, and antisocial behavior, reports the Parent Herald’s Ellainie Calangian.

“Drinking in adolescence is considered a ‘risky’ behavior, it often co-occurs with other ‘risky ‘behavior and it is linked to educational failure and to premature mortality, for example via accidental deaths,” said Kelly. “Improving our understanding of the factors that influence drinking is important as it has implications for the development of policies and interventions aimed at reducing ‘risky’ behaviors.”

The study’s authors also found that children who were frequently unsupervised, had positive feelings about alcohol, and who were unhappy in their family settings were more likely to drink, but not to the same extent as children with parents who drank, writes Ed Cara for Medical Daily.

The researchers acknowledged there were limitations to their findings, but still believe there are points made that are important, particularly in the area of prevention. They say more intense research is necessary, particularly more study on the reasons teens drink.

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