A Friday article on Inside Higher Ed details the latest steps a number of institutions nationwide are taking in an attempt to crack down on binge drinking. Yale, Penn, UMass, and NESCAC peer Tufts have all banned drinking games outright. The University of Florida, which was recently named the #1 party school in the country in the Princeton Review’s 2009 rankings, is taking it a step further and attempting to extend this ban to beyond Gainesville:
Under newly proposed regulations, Florida students — on or off the campus — would be prohibited from “excessive rapid consumption” of alcohol. The policy specifically bars “drinking games,” as well as “alcohol luges,” which are carved ice blocks that serve as frozen pathways for liquor shots.
Patricia Telles-Irvin, Florida’s vice president for student affairs, said the university’s existing regulations were already designed to curb binge drinking. The proposed changes, however, are meant to target specific high-risk drinking activities, she said.
The regulations also forbid keg standing, an acrobatic drinking feat where students are inverted over a keg, with legs held aloft, as they guzzle straight from a tap.
“This generation really wants us to be more specific, and we’re trying to be as clear as possible about what we mean,” Telles-Irvin said.
Inside Higher Ed: “Game Over“