Academy programs aim to curb drinking

January 24, 2002|By Ariel Sabar | Ariel Sabar,SUN STAFF

Acknowledging that alcohol abuse accounts for a large share of the school's disciplinary problems, the Naval Academy announced two new programs yesterday to curb drinking among its 4,000 students.

One program will enlist the help of local bars and liquor stores to prevent underage and excessive drinking by midshipmen, while the other will collect statistics to dispel the perception that most students drink heavily.

"I've been here 3 1/2 years, and where we have had egregious conduct, it's been where someone drank too much and didn't use their judgment," Superintendent John R. Ryan said at an afternoon news conference.

In an average year, academy officials said yesterday, about 20 students are disciplined for alcohol offenses, most for underage drinking at out-of-town bars or off-campus parties.

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