Alcohol Safety, Dangerous Drinking Remain Hot Topics In Iowa City

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Iowa Alcohol Beverages Commission met with local officials and University of Iowa leaders Wednesday afternoon to discuss alcohol safety in Johnson County.

"We are the supply side of this problem," James Clayton, a member of the commission said. Clayton said new products the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division is tasked with overseeing taste more like soda than traditional liquors.

Tom Rocklin, University of Iowa V.P. of student services, said he's pleased with recent data that shows problem drinking has decreased at UI in recent years. He credited increased awareness and the recent increase in alternative programs at the university in recent years.

The town hall style meeting attracted business leaders, distributors and local law enforcement. The goal of the meeting was aimed at raising awareness and spreading ideas amongst major players in battle against dangerous drinking.

The recent ranking of the University of Iowa as the number one party school in the nation by the Princeton Review has renewed concerns about problem drinking in Johnson County.

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