Penn State Officials Alarmed At Alcohol Problems

02.26.09 | FL News Team

Penn State students in State College are being treated for alcohol-related problems in record numbers. The Centre Daily Times reports that 558 students were seen in the emergency room in 2008 for alcohol-related problems. That is up 84-percent from 2005.

The students in the emergency room also have higher blood-alcohol levels than in the past. Vice President for University Relations Bill Mahon called the numbers from fall 2008 "particularly troubling." In his words, despite a number of new, creative alcohol-education initiatives, they cannot compete with five-cent beer specials in local establishments that serve alcohol.