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Alcohol course can't hurt

Newly requiring underage students to take an interactive online course about the risks and effects of alcohol won't wipe out binge drinking at the University of Kansas. But after two alcohol-related fatalities last spring, KU needed to do something. And more education and awareness can't hurt. KU also has made changes to encourage students to get help with alcohol-related emergencies and to notify parents when their students violate drug and alcohol policies. The father of one of the KU students put it bluntly in the Denver Post: "One week of fraternity living killed him. He overdrank. Kids have got to understand alcohol is the worst."