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Posted on Sun, Dec 23, 2012 : 7:33 a.m.

Rise & Fall: Laurence Carolin and binge drinking trends

By Paula Gardner

One is remembered for a lifetime of contributions to the world that continue after his death; the other is a disturbing sign from University of Michigan researchers.

Here are our choices for a winner and loser from recent news stories:

Rise: Laurence Carolin

Many 15-year-olds are trying to find their place in the world. Three years ago, Laurence Carolin already had found it as he prepared to die following an inoperable brain tumor. He tried to make a difference in the world, targeting extreme global poverty as a cause. Then, with his gift of his organs for scientific research, the teen created a legacy of hope for other people with similar conditions. University of Michigan researchers consider his gift a landmark donation, one that they’re building from as they target brain cancer.

Fall: Binge drinking trends

The annual University of Michigan study of students in grades 8-12 shows that fewer younger teens are smoking - but more of the older teens are drinking. And the results on heavy drinking offer still more reason for community concern: 24 percent of the high school seniors surveyed reported binge drinking within the past two weeks in 2012 - an increase of two percent from 2011. The risks associated with adults consuming 5 or more drinks in a sitting are well-documented. They multiply the person drinking is younger. It’s another sign that the U.S. needs to consider what it’s teaching its children about alcohol use and abuse.



Mon, Dec 24, 2012 : 12:42 p.m.

Besides being a useless feature of this blog, putting this young man's name above a bing drinking headline was thoughtless.

Ann English

Tue, Dec 25, 2012 : 1:18 a.m.

The headline made me wonder about a CONNECTION between Laurence Carolin and binge drinking. I don't think I'm alone with this impression.


Sun, Dec 23, 2012 : 2:52 p.m.

Please stop doing this Rise and Fall. No one likes it. And honestly it's unnecessary and tacky.


Sun, Dec 23, 2012 : 12:59 p.m.

Didn't know what "rise and fall" was but was extremely shocked and dismayed to see Laurence Carolin's name in a headline with the phrase "binge drinking trends." Really?