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A small handful of colleges and universities have taken steps in recent years to proactively address the issue of binge drinking on their campus. As of last Thursday, Dartmouth College joined other schools on a short list of academic institutions that no longer allow hard alcohol on campus, even for undergraduates above the legal drinking age of 21.

In November 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new policy that will require food establishments with over 20 locations to start posting the amount of calories in the food they sell. Although this is just one of many recent efforts made in the fight against the obesity epidemic, this policy takes a broader approach to the problem - requiring that the total calories in purchasable alcoholic beverages also be posted on menus for consumers.

2014 brought great changes in attitudes and policies surrounding marijuana. With these policy changes, new tensions between state and federal policy have emerged. States have been passing marijuana legalization laws that are in direct conflict with federal policy.

The past year has paved the way for governors throughout the northeast to step up and address the growing problems related to the availability of substance abuse treatment for their constituents. CASAColumbia applauds the serious attention devoted by these and other state officials for acknowledging our serious addiction problem and highlighting harm reduction and treatment, rather than incarceration, as the solution.

Amid mounting pressure from the federal government, student activists and sexual assault survivors, colleges and universities across the nation are taking a critical look at how they handle sexual assault cases. Few, however, have sufficiently examined the importance of addressing binge drinking as part of the much-needed conversation on reforming campus sexual assault policies.

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