Alcohol abuse not just about hard liquor
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.