Pushing For Alcohol Amnesty

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 9:14am

Florida college students ask university not to punish dangerously drunk students who call for help.

Students at the University of Central Florida will vote on an alcohol amnesty policy this week just one month after a freshman died on campus.

Ann Marie Hefferin died after attending a fraternity party where alcohol was served.

Her official cause of death is still unknown.

Hefferin's death pushed UCF's student government to propose changes at the school.

Their policy would prevent students from getting into trouble with the university when reporting an alcohol-related emergency.

According to the National Institute of Health, hospitalizations for college-aged men and women rose 25 percent from 1999 to 2008.

Binge drinking caused 29,000 hospitalizations in 2008.

Several Florida schools already practice similar policies.

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