Al­co­hol abuse not just about hard liquor

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - VIEWPOINTS -

Re: Sept. 20 com­men­tary, “Hard liquor ban is first step in safer Greek life cul­ture.”

Fra­ter­ni­ties are to be com­mended for ad­dress­ing haz­ing and al­co­hol mis­use. How­ever, your ed­i­to­rial leaves the mis­lead­ing im­pres­sion that some forms of al­co­hol are “softer” than oth­ers.

While the new pol­icy re­quires a li­censed third­party in or­der to serve spir­its, a more ef­fec­tive ap­proach is to re­quire a li­censed third-party at all fra­ter­nity events re­gard­less of whether they are serv­ing beer, wine or spir­its. These pro­fes­sion­als would check IDs, serve mea­sured pours and deny ser­vice when ap­pro­pri­ate.

Poli­cies that treat spir­its dif­fer­ently un­der­cut the U.S. Di­etary Guide­lines and col­lege al­co­hol ed­u­ca­tion ma­te­ri­als, which teach 12 ounces of reg­u­lar beer, 5 ounces of wine and a cock­tail with 1.5 fluid ounces of dis­tilled spir­its each con­tains the same amount of al­co­hol.

Col­lege stu­dents of le­gal drink­ing age must rec­og­nize all forms of al­co­hol can and should be con­sumed re­spon­si­bly. Con­se­quences of al­co­hol mis­use are at­trib­ut­able to the amount, not the type, of al­co­hol con­sumed. CLARK­SON HINE, DIS­TILLED SPIR­ITS COUN­CIL IN­TERIM CEO, WASH­ING­TON, D.C.

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