Blog: Student excess isn't the problem it was, admits UK minister - video

James Wilmore | 30 May 2014

The UK Government has signalled its intent to tackle the issue of excessive alcohol consumption among university-goers. 

That sounds like a tough ask, you may think. But, the Home Office is spending GBP90,000 (US$150,500) in the first year of a 12-month pilot scheme at seven universities across England and Wales.

For once though, the Home Office isn’t giving alcohol a complete bashing. In a video released by the department, minister Norman Baker admits that binge-drinking in universities is a “smaller problem than it used to be, but is still there”, while “alcohol has its place in society", but "shouldn’t be overwhelming in a student environment".

He added: "The student generation understands that in a way previous generations didn’t." There is some hope yet, then.  

The video can be viewed by clicking on this link and scrolling down. 

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