• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 9 comments on Fall Alcohol Hospitalizations Nudged Up

  1. I have noted many ads by alcohol companies on comm Ave. these ads are designed to lure people to drink more and to make alcohol seem cool and fashionable. Such ads should not be allowed around campus.

    1. It is true that there are many advertisements of that sort. It is equally true that the ads, while within the confines of BU’s “campus,” are on property that is not within the means of BU to control, meaning that the ads are at city bus stops, which are not owned by BU. We are in a city, not a utopia.

  2. I read in a previous article interviewing one of the doctors that receives transports at the hospital that they only take a measure of BAC when they think it is necessary, and that in almost all cases they put the student in a bed and leave him/her in an empty to sleep it off.

    I appreciate that you have begun to clarify the number of observations factoring into the BAC average, but isn’t it still disingenuous to publish that average knowing that over 1/3 of transports are not tested at all because the doctor deems them to be clearly safe?

    For instance: if we assume those 42 students not tested all had a BAC right at the legal limit, .08, then your average for the whole group would drop down to around a .15 – which is the same as a 150b male having five and a half cocktails throughout the course of an hour. (http://www.erie.gov/stopdwi/bac_calculator.asp)
    Certainly this guys should not drive, but it would be absolutely absurd to suggest sending him to the hospital after consuming 5.5 drinks.

    I know BU today plays no role in the policies surrounding transporting students, I only ask that the statistics clearly designed to support those policies be more open and honest.

    1. You made a good point UNTIL you chose to change the BAC of the measured group.

      It is critically important to point out that many transports were not tested. That points out a potential for unneeded transports.

      HOWEVER this does not reduce the average of those tested. The average of those tested, .19 demonstrates that that these people probably needed to be tested to evaluate risk. That is an average of 7.5 drinks per person tested.

      1. Definitely went a little overboard. I agree with your comment.

        I was only looking to point out how misleading it is to publish the average in the first place.

  3. So now BU’s conservative, tone-deaf, bureaucratic administration & president are callously trumpeting the fact that they are spending our tuition money on a witch-hunt to give college students future-ruining arrest records for doing the same damn thing that college students across the country, not to mention their own parents, did at the same age. I see John Silber is dead but his legacy lives on.

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