Drinking Death Leads to Bans on Birthday ‘Power Hour’


Throwing up in the men’s room might not seem much of a birthday celebration. But for Gregg Rock, and a lot of newly legal drinkers, it’s the price of turning 21, reports Newsweek. It was midnight in Minneapolis, the magic hour he became legal. On the bar rail there were soon “The Three Wise Men” (Jim Beam, Johnny Walker, Jack Daniels). He drank until his body rebelled. “Yes, I puked,” said Rock. “But I know my limit.”

It’s known as “power hour,” the postmidnight drinking spree common on many campuses. A stunning alcohol overdose during one such binge has triggered moves to end the custom in North Dakota and Minnesota. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is expected to sign a bill into law prohibiting bars from serving alcohol to 21-year-olds until 8 a.m. on their birthday. North Dakota passed the same law last month. The new legal tool is aimed at curbing binge drinking on college campuses.

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