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Should alcohol be allowed on college campuses? Some campuses serve alcohol at sporting events and others will allow students to have alcohol in their dorms provided they are of legal drinking age....

Should alcohol be allowed on college campuses?

Some campuses serve alcohol at sporting events and others will allow students to have alcohol in their dorms provided they are of legal drinking age. Some students even advocate for having bars or restaurants on campus, arguing that keeping students within walking distance of their residences provides a safer environment. However, others argue that any sale or permission of alcohol on campus sends a bad message to the student body. Should alcohol be allowed on campuses? If so, should there be rules and regulations regarding its consumption?

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I do not think alcohol should be sold on college campuses, unless there is some way to keep students drinking it safely.  Regulating alcohol consumption might help kids learn to drink safely.  However, I don't really know how you are going to keep it out.  It would be harder than most colleges could do.  It might save lives though.

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Depending upon in which part of the country one lives, having bars on campus is/is not an issue.  In the South, for instance, home of the former Puritans, drinking must be clandestine.  In the Midwest, bars are on campus and have been for decades.  No one, however, is admitted who is not of legal drinking age. If a...

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Personally, I would feel safer in an alcohol-free campus. I think its too much of a temptation to make alcohol so easily and readily accessible. Besides, the majority of undergraduates are under 21 so in theory, not that many people should be drinking anyway. I highly doubt there *should* be all that much demand for on campus alcohol.

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