Essay PreviewMore ↓
When I was elected Interfraternity Council Treasurer in December of 1997 I knew I was in for a long semester, but I never knew what might evolve. I was elected in the wake of alcohol problems across the country. The only alcohol problem I knew of that had happened at the University of Arkansas involved a fraternity on bid day (the day when new freshman receive their invitation to a fraternity house). It involved two students that drank so much alcohol that they had to be rushed to the hospital. Both students were released from the hospital and the fraternity was placed on alcohol probation. I happened to be a newcomer to that fraternity as well and all alcohol probation meant to the fraternity was that they had to be a little more careful about where they drank alcohol in the house.
The University of Arkansas has been very lenient in the past about enforcing the alcohol policy. The University’s policy is dated February 22, 1974. The policy states, “Possession and use of intoxicants in public areas of University facilities (including organized houses) and at official University functions held on campus is prohibited. Persons of legal age as prescribed by state law regarding alcoholic beverages may possess and consume these beverages in the privacy of assigned student rooms. Irresponsible behavior while under the influence of intoxicants is not condoned and may be subject to review and/or action by the appropriate judicial body.” There has been a lot of criticisms to the alcohol policy. First, the fact that it was written in 1974 attracts a plethora of criticisms. I feel that many things have changed since the 70’s and the alcohol policy should also change. Another thing that attracts criticism is the way it has been forced. I have seen pictures in the University of Arkansas yearbook from 1970 that show members of fraternities sitting on the roofs of their houses drinking beer out of the can, which is a direct violation of the alcohol policy. I have also heard rumors that in the 80’s kegs were clearly present throughout the fraternity houses.
The next thing I would like to mention is the sudden change in enforcement of this alcohol policy. I have been on this campus for three years and I have seen an abrupt change in the way administrators enforce the alcohol policy.
How to Cite this Page
"Alcohol Policy Done Wrong." 123HelpMe.com. 19 Aug 2018
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Do you think young ones should drink alcohol. Mostly the percentage of the people drinking in America. Can our young ones stop students from drinking. Yes, because we can stop alcohol's effect. This topic isn’t everyone agreed of. The enactment of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 prompted states to raise their legal age. Purchase or public possession of alcohol to 21 or risk losing millions in federal highway funds (GPO Access). We have to stay the age of 21 to drink because younger age of 18 or low cause a medically irresposibility, reduce the percentage of young age, and lower the crimes of age 18 or lower.... [tags: youth and alcohol consumption]
531 words (1.5 pages)
- ... We should save the age in alcohol because it tells that alcohol interfere developed of young ones going to bad people who going to jail. It’s clear that people used alcohol for pranking other people to drink alcohol so they can be dumb enough in their responsibility in themselves. Furthermore, at second fact tells it cause adults to get suicide, killing others, or make things risky for them. The fact tells us it can cause violence to people who are innocent and not been victimize (Birckmayer).... [tags: alcohol, medical, underage, crimes]
535 words (1.5 pages)
- People want to escape, not just physically but mentally, whether it is a dead end job or the stresses of an average life. Imagine if a person could come from a hard day of work and actually be able to take a break from reality for a night. Marijuana, known as a gateway drug to other substances, should be more known as a gateway drug to a more stress free and healthier lifestyle. Marijuana should be legalized because of its effects to relieve stress and not be as harmful as other substances, especially with techniques of vaporization and edibles to not experience the harmful effects of smoke, and help people who are in serious pain make it through a day without thinking of ending... [tags: Medical Issues, Government Policy]
1134 words (3.2 pages)
- Law Enforcement policy is designed to help law enforcement agencies cut down on the amount of crime in communities and give structure to the agency. It also helps lessen the number of certain cases in certain areas, as well as from a certain group of people. There are several policies that I disagree with, but there is one policy I will be discussing. Law enforcement officers sometimes stop and frisk people based on gender, race, financial status, and social ranking. It is a very controversial issue because anything dealing with race and ethnicity can cause a lot of disagreement and discord.... [tags: Police Policy, Racial Profiling]
925 words (2.6 pages)
- According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic accidents in the U.S. claimed the lives of 37,261 individuals in 2008. A full 37 percent of these deaths were alcohol related. Traffic fatalities are a leading cause of death in the U.S. and around the world, and a regular target of government policies enacted to reduce incidence and save lives. The clear link between alcohol consumption and automobile fatalities means that policies aiming to curtail the latter often target the former.... [tags: alcohol, drunk driving]
1531 words (4.4 pages)
- It is unfortunate that many people within our society and worldwide suffers from the affects of alcohol addiction. There are many issues associated with this addiction and many times it’s not only the victim that deals with the addiction but also the people in close association with the individual. Alcohol addiction can afflict anyone and knows no limits of its damage that it can do to a person’s life or the people in their lives. Most importantly are the ones whom seek help for their addiction as it becomes a lifelong healing period for them.... [tags: Alcohol Addiction, Alcohol Abuse]
2339 words (6.7 pages)
- Alcohol is a very serious and dangerous drug, although it is not treated this way anymore. College students have taken drinking to a new level in which, for many, is very scary. Alcohol is much more dangerous than many would think. Kids see a night of drinking as a great way to have fun and party but do not see the consequences. Getting drunk and even blacking out can lead to many problems. When alcohol is consumed in unhealthy amounts, it can lead to not only short-term effects, but long-term ones as well.... [tags: Alcohol]
1583 words (4.5 pages)
- ... In which they have grown and know what they are doing by using their brains. Instead of doing it first then thinking afterwards, which always lead to bad result for themselves and for others. Furthermore, It also prevent kids who's being bullied or have a negative life, whichever they lack of experience to handle, away from alcohol. Considering they will soon find and drink alcohol becomes a solution for their problems by the lack of understanding about alcohol. Which they think it is just a equipment for them to take away the stress and their burden.... [tags: lowering the drinking age, a mistake]
796 words (2.3 pages)
- Several people across the world become addicted to alcohol. There are people, who are not able to live their everyday life without alcohol. Even few people spend whatever they earned in purchasing alcoholic drinks. Alcohol impacts several important areas of their life in a way that is not acceptable plus dysfunctional for them as well as their families. There are a number of ways for handling this alcohol addiction problem. Few people with not too stern alcohol problems are powerful to handle it themselves.... [tags: Alcohol]
1005 words (2.9 pages)
- Drunk driving is considered a serious crime in every state. It is wrong, irresponsible and wastes many lives. People who abuse alcohol hurt everyone around them, endanger public safety, and create carnage on the nation's highways. There is nothing positive that can come out of drunk driving, so why do people do it. It is society's job to punish these menaces and try to take control of this out of control issue. America doesn't want to watch idly as hundreds of people are killed each day. We want to take a stand and let the world know that we may be the 'land of the free and the brave' but there is nothing brave or free about driving drunk.... [tags: Drunk Driving Alcohol DUI Influence Essays]
2928 words (8.4 pages)
Some might ask what type of alternative actions could prevent what enforcing this policy could prevent. The main reason for the sudden enforcement of this policy was the death of a student at Louisiana State University and the death of a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. These deaths although tragic were very rare occurrences and can be blamed on the uneducated. The University could have begun with a mandatory alcohol education class. It would be very easy to teach and beneficial to both the students and the University. The University currently has a class that deals with alcohol and drugs that they could very easily expand. I feel that the University did not think strategically about the decision they made, or about how it could affect the students who wished to drink.
It is also important that we look at some data that was put out the same time that the University decided to make these changes. According to the Institute of Social Research (ISR), “percent of students who used alcohol in the last twelve months” is at the lowest point of any time during the seventeen years the data has been kept. Data was also collected on binge drinking. Binge drinking is consuming five drinks at any one occasion. The ISR also reported that binge drinking was at an all-time low. Students who reported drinking “five or more drinks at an occasion during the last two weeks” is at the lowest point since the data had been collected (1980). The ISR has also reported that drinking among high school seniors is also at an all-time low and that most college bound students carry their high school habits along with them.
I feel that it is the right of a college student to drink alcohol if they want to drink alcohol. One could argue that if they are not twenty-one then they cannot drink alcohol whether they are in college or not. But, the opposition must confess that an eighteen year old person is allowed to do a number of responsible things that would surely prove themselves to be responsible enough for alcohol. As an eighteen year old, you are allowed to vote. That is very important to the country. They are willing to let you vote for the President of the United States, but you cannot have a beer with a friend. Another thing that you are allowed to do as an eighteen-year-old is fight in a war for your country. It is amazing that our lawmakers feel that we are responsible enough to kill people for our country, but not responsible to drink a martini after dinner. A pessimist might say that these arguments are worn into the ground and should not even be considered. I bring these up because if students had the right to drink at eighteen, then by the time they got to college they would already have experimented with alcohol and found their limits.
When the University administration decided to start enforcing the alcohol policy, they decided that fraternities could have their parties off-campus as long as they informed the University of its location. One fraternity decided to follow the new regulations set by the University and informed the University of the location of an off-campus party. When the party started, the Fayetteville police showed up and shut the party down. It was later discovered that a University official had notified them of the location so that they could dispose of the party.
In conclusion, if the University of Arkansas administration does not feel that its students can handle alcohol, then maybe they ought to be teaching a class on handling alcohol rather than allowing students to sneak around and drink behind their backs. The University should also consider rewriting an alcohol policy that was written in 1974. Administrators must understand that if they are going to fight the students, then the students are going to fight back. The University officials have won the battle, but the war is far from over.