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ASU hopes tailgating keg ban will reduce binge drinking

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Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014 3:59 pm

Typically, when one thinks of tailgating, things that come to mind are food, tossing beanbags in a game of cornhole and of course, beer.

Just don’t expect bring a keg’s worth to Arizona State University’s tailgates anymore.

The university announced recently that kegs, drinking apparatuses such as beer bongs and drinking games will be banned at ASU’s tailgating locations.

One misconception that seems to have taken hold is that the university is banning alcohol, which isn’t true. The school is simply trying to cut down on items that encourage binge drinking.

“Essentially what we’re just doing is trying to make people more aware of the quantity they’re drinking,” ASU spokesperson Maggie Emmons said. “We’re still encouraging people to come and have a good time and hopefully the keg, that singular item, really isn’t the make-or-break deal of the tailgate experience.”

The ban goes into effect for this football season and will be enforced by on-campus security and the ASU Police Department.

The goal is not to get people into trouble and immediately cite them, said Sgt. Daniel Macias, a spokesperson for the ASU Police Department.

“What we’re going to do is just have an educational contact with them,” Macias said. “So what we’ll do is remind them that kegs are banned as well as the drinking games because what we want to do is not promote binge drinking.

“What we typically tend to find is the kegs and/or drinking games both promote binge drinking, so we don’t want them to get drunk way too fast or anything like that. So we want to make sure they’re making good decisions while they’re out there enjoying their tailgate.”

After multiple warnings, if fans do not follow the new rules, they will be asked to leave and will be cited for trespassing if they don’t comply, Macias said, but that isn’t what police and security want to do. The aim is to inform tailgaters of the new rules that put the school in line with Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona, which already have keg bans.

The idea of the keg ban came from the Statewide Student Safety Task Force in May.

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