MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Underage and high risk drinking will be the focus of a town hall meeting involving Morgantown city officials and those with West Virginia University later this week.

“It’s not that people can’t drink, that’s not what we’re talking about.  It’s just that, when you do drink, you drink responsibly,” said Cathy Yura, WVU assistant vice president for student wellness, who works in the WELLWVU Carruth Center of Psychological and Psychiatric Services.

“We really do want to create an environment where people can have a good time and not have regret in the morning.”

That town hall meeting, “Underage and High Risk Drinking: A Solution-Based Town Hall Dialogue,” will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at WVU’s Ming Hsieh Hall in Morgantown.

Those who are scheduled to be involved include Evan McIntyre, WVU Interfraternity Council president; Bob Roberts, WVU police chief; Jenny Selin, Morgantown mayor; Dr. Charles Whiteman, ER physician, Ruby Memorial Hospital; Gig Robinson, West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration and Helen Stubs, EverFi vice president for higher education.

WVU and the City of Morgantown are co-sponsoring the town hall meeting with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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  • Sid

    Sarcasm, my man.

  • just wondering

    Will this be an open bar event or what kind of beverages will be available??

  • northforkfisher

    The problem that needs to be solved is the ease of availability. Second is to get the party town mentality and list ranking under control.

  • Paul

    It is absolutely important to focus on behavior, and not simply having a beer. The Connecticut Senator who pushed through the 21 drinking age crap was an idiot. Most of the world has 16 as the drinking age, and doesn't even enforce that. It is improper behavior that should be the focus... not drinking itself.

    Drinking responsibly is an inherent right based on more than a thousand years of human behavior, and to give somebody a criminal record for having a beer is beyond repressive. Drinking irresponsibly is not a right for anyone, regardless of age.

    • Mason County Contrarian

      I never have been able to understand the premise that one has to be 21 to drink, yet at 18 you can be sent to distant far-away lands, meet interesting people, and kill them.

  • george

    yea so is that why theres' a bar on every street corner in morgantown???????????and big money paid for DUIs.......and also why we sell beer in mountaineer field with wine coming soon.....It has totally ruined the family atomosphere during football games...good luck on this one....Oliver likes the money.................

    • Sid

      I know what you mean. Before they started selling beer at the stadium, I never saw any drunk people on game day.

      • J the C

        Sid, glad to hear you've recovered your eyesight. When they started beer sales and eliminated "passouts", the atmosphere changed for the better. There are way fewer drunks and rarely do I see a airline bottle of liquor in a restroom stall. You are way off base!

        • Sid

          Sarcasm my man.

  • highroller

    Maybe all these alcohol task forces should focus on underage smoking and chewing. Tobacco causes many more deaths a year than alcohol and drains the medical system many times over compared to alcohol.

  • Hillbilly

    Think maybe it would help if there wasn't a bar on almost every block?

    • Sid

      You're right. If they cut down on the number of bars it would stop people from drinking at 6 or 7 bars simultaneously. Hell, if we only allowed the downtown area to have one bar, then they could only be in one bar at a time!