Drank too much

Death by drinking

The rate of binge drinking by young people in Minnesota is among the worst in the nation. Young people on college campuses and in rural towns are risking their lives -- at least four people have died due to alcohol in the last few months.

  • Binge drinking is not so new
    In spite of the headlines about the recent deaths of several college students due to binge drinking, it seems drinking on college campuses hasn't changed all that much over the last 20 years. But the serious problems that come with heavy drinking go beyond the tragedies that make the headlines.January 11, 2008
  • What is it about college that makes people drink more?
    All of the high-profile alcohol-related deaths in the last few months have involved college students, or young people preparing to return to college. Colleges have long struggled with the problem of heavy drinking by students and so far, have had little success combating it.January 11, 2008
  • The Midwest is the worst for binge drinking
    Binge drinking is more common in Minnesota, Wisconsin and other upper Midwestern states than in any other part of the country. Experts aren't sure why that is.January 11, 2008
  • Our audience weighs in
    Why do people, especially young people, drink to excess? Minnesota Public Radio News posed the question to students, young people, parents, educators and counselors. They shared their thoughts about the causes, the hidden issues, and what works and doesn't work when dealing with binge drinking.January 11, 2008
  • News Cut: Binge drinking - Minnesota style
    It was hard not to miss the collective shrug of shoulders Minnesota gave to a report last week that showed binge drinking is still a sport of choice for nearly one out of 3 high school students, even though it came a month after another study dropped the state from its lofty perch as the healthiest state, largely because of the penchant of our kids to drink like there's no tomorrow.December 24, 2007
  • Binge drinking and the family's role
    Stories of young people excessively drinking -- be it at a rural bar or a college party -- prompt a lot of people to ask, "Where are the parents?"January 11, 2008
  • MPR video: What does it mean to binge drink?
    In Minnesota almost 51 percent of people age 18 to 24 in the state's metro areas admitted to binge drinking in a recent survey. Among their rural counterparts that number jumps to 60 percent, according to figures from the 2005 Minnesota Survey of Adult Substance Abuse.January 11, 2008
  • MPR video: Why drink to excess?
    Binge drinking happens on virtually every college campus. Minnesota Public Radio producer Charlie Knutson asked students near the University of Minnesota what motivates young people to binge drink.January 11, 2008
  • News Cut: Beer Pong is the hottest game on campus
    Beer Pong may be the single biggest reason that binge drinking has become even more popular on the nation's college campuses.January 8, 2008
  • When can drinking become deadly?
    It appears that alcohol has led to the death of another college student in Minnesota. Dr. Jon Hallberg joined MPR's Tom Crann to discuss the effects of alcohol on the body, and when it can become fatal.January 8, 2008
  • Gather: Join the discussion over binge drinking
  • Drinking to excess?
    Health experts, college officials, parents, and college students joined Kerri Miller in the UBS Forum to discuss what binge drinking is, why it occurs so frequently on college campuses, and what might be done to bring it under control.Midmorning, January 15, 2008
  • Lawmakers propose to crack down on binge drinking
    Recent high-profile tragedies involving alcohol are sparking renewed interest in state legislation to limit cheap drink specials at bars and also change state law to allow colleges to notify parents about alcohol violations.January 16, 2008

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