More Schools Mixing Beer, Football at Stadiums

August 24, 2014

In a concerning trend, college campuses already struggling with alcohol-related problems are considering beer sales in on-campus sports stadiums to increase revenue. The number of campuses that serve alcohol in stadiums they own and operate has doubled in the past 5 years.

Alcohol-related harm is a serious problem on college campuses, where binge-drinking has increased sharply. Consequences include deaths, injuries, sexual assaults, academic problems, and health problems that include substance abuse and suicide attempts.

Given that most college students are under the minimim legal drinking age, colleges promoting alcohol and serving alcohol at sports (and other) events doesn't make sense. Creating an environment that encourages positive expectations about drinking promotes consumption and underage use instead of academic and future success. To protect students from alcohol-related harm, colleges must adpot and enforce strong alcohol policies that curb the availability of alcohol rather than promote and serve it.