Setting of policies and regulations control how alcohol selling will be within campuses. According to National Institutes of Health, the change in policies with regard to student drinking at different universities reduces consumptions of alcohol on campus . These policies can define the premises where the sales and services of alcohol, its prices, the age limit of students who buy and consume these beverages, and the number of alcohol one can buy. A research also shows that “the regulation of marketing practices that include sales prices and advertisements are important strategies to reduce binge drinking and its accompanying problem .
With policies set within a campus, selling of alcohol within universities is an option to raise funds bundled with other school activities. The universities should promote that while alcohol drinks are available, students should also be aware that a portion of the money they use to buy alcohol goes to a specific fund-raising activity. In this way, it inculcates the value of sharing and purpose to students that while drinking is fun and dangerous if excessively done, their money helps other as well.
Moreover, on-campus selling of alcohol supports transparency and accountability. Universities must inform the parents of these students that the school is promoting such kind of activity within their premises. By doing so, the schools are informing these parents that the school is ready to handle the responsibility of this promotion. From the school’s perspective, this is promoting a controlled leniency towards the students, concurrently, the administrators of the school are well aware of student consumes these beverages because they can visibly see them. On the other hand, students are given the liberty to take alcohols within campuses responsibly because they are knowledgeable about the school’s policies. This openness can also be considered as a safety net for students. Most students will drive a long way to locate a bar or restaurants that serve alcohols. This posts danger to them as there are many unfortunate events that can possibly happen along the way. According to statistics, every year, there are 1,700 college students die from alcohol-related accidents and 2,100,000 drives while intoxicated .
It is also worth noting that some universities “document the effect of new policy on student drinking, verifying that the new policy did not increase student drinking problems .”
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