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Drinking on Campus (80423-MH-R85)

Revise Resolution 85 as follows:
  
85. Drinking on Campus
  
Our Christian faith calls us to care for each other. Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 19:19) Jesus also said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14) Jesus’ example clearly directs us to care for each other and to give young people special attention enabling them to be free from harm.
  
WHEREAS, a According to a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), binge drinking is on the rise in the United States and is climbing fastest among 18- to 20-year-olds who are too young to drink legally; and
  
WHEREAS, t This survey also revealed that episodes of binge drinking, defined for men as having five or more drinks in one sitting and for women as having four or more drinks in one sitting, increased 17 percent among all adults between 1993 and 2001, and shot up  increased even more significantly to 56 percent among 18- to 20-year-olds ; and . This alarming increase indicates that many students nationwide continue to engage in binge drinking and drinking to get drunk, with a disturbing percentage of students reporting alcohol-related incidents, such as missing classes, personal injuries, sexual assault, or other forms of violence and vandalism.

WHEREAS,
United Methodist colleges and universities colleges do provide an environment suitable for pursuing a higher education in a Christian atmosphere ; and . Within this environment United Methodist colleges and universities  
WHEREAS, the United Methodist-related colleges and universities do have established policies to address related to alcohol use and abuse on the  their campuses ; and .
WHEREAS, the United Methodist-related colleges and universities spent over $1.5 million to address issues related to alcohol abuse on their campuses; and
WHEREAS, many students nationwide continue to engage in binge drinking and drinking to get drunk, with an alarming percentage of students reporting alcohol-related incidents, such as missing classes, personal injuries, sexual assault, or other forms of violence and vandalism;
 
  
To continue to provide clear direction in addressing this issue at United Methodist colleges and universities, The United Methodist Church:
Therefore, be it resolved, that The United Methodist Church continue to address this issue through:
1. Urges United Methodist-related colleges and universities to utilize the United Methodist Social Principles on Alcohol and drugs (¶162J), its companion resolutions on Alcohol and Other Drugs (#83), and the latest research and proven strategies on alcohol prevention to guide the alcohol and drug policies of their institutions.  
2. Encourage and uphold abstinence from drinking and alcohol as a viable and faith-based option.
3. Provide programming, counseling and social events that foster an amenable environment for an abstinence only campus.
4. Strongly urge the removal of alcohol-promoting advertisements from campuses and campus sports events.
  
To undergird and assist United Methodist colleges and universities in meeting these goals:
The
collaborating with the Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence (SPSARV) staff and Interagency Task Force and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry will , and partner ing with the college presidents and/or staff of United Methodist -related  higher education institutions in providing training and resources to address the , as well as other agencies and programs that are working on the issue of reducing college drinking, and the ;
2. promoting an alternative lifestyle that encourages "wellness" without drugs and alcohol, seeking authentic advocates for this alternative lifestyle, and having these advocates promote this image on United Methodist campuses around the world;
3. carrying out the five components of SPSARV on college campuses: Leadership Development, Community Demonstration Programs, Advocacy, Grants, and Educational and Promotional Resources;
4. strongly recommending that United Methodist-related colleges and universities uphold abstinence from drinking alcohol as a viable and faith-based option, and that these institutions provide/continue to provide programming and social events that foster such an environment;
  General Board of Church and Society will continue to actively advocate and engage the Church in advocating for legislation and regulations which discourage the use of alcohol by youth and young adults and the use of alcohol advertising to market to youth and young adults.  
5. strongly urging campus leadership to remove alcohol-promoting advertisements from the campuses and sports events.
ADOPTED 2004
See Social Principles, ¶162J.