If you are under 21 years old and drinking alcohol at Washington University, you are violating Missouri underage drinking laws. If you are 21 or older, you could still be violating the school’s new underage drinking policy. If you are a fan of drinking games, you are definitely violating the policy, and if hard alcohol is part of your stress management program… you may as well just turn yourself in now.
Last year, over 80 percent of hospital transports at Washington University were students who had consumed hard alcohol.
Alcohol is a factor in many crimes, not just drunk driving or DUI. On any college campus, there is the risk involved with drunk driving and the consequences that result from impaired driving. You could lose a scholarship or be kicked out of school, depending on what happened when you were drunk driving. You could end up with an ignition interlock requirement. Missouri underage drinking is a factor in all underage DUI, but it also contributes to crimes that include property damage, sexual or other types of assault. By limiting hard alcohol and drinking games, the university hopes to keep associated problems in check.
With the new Missouri underage drinking policy at Washington University, it seems that everyone will be held more accountable for any intoxicated violations.
The college years can be a time in which we test our boundaries and learn the rules of living as productive adults. We have more responsibilities and pressures than ever, and that is not even counting the pressures of partying to let off steam. College may present our first chance to really reflect on how we want to drink alcohol (safely, or by binging), when we want to drink (weekends, breakfast) and if we are aware of how seriously underage drinking can change lives, and not for the better.