08/19/2010 12:56 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Colleges Ramp Up Anti-Binge Drinking Efforts

James Madison and Wake Forest University are cracking down on underage and binge drinking.

Both schools have initiated a broad effort to rein in drinking offenses following incidents at recent off-campus parties. In January, six Wake Forest students were hospitalized due to alcohol poisoning. At James Madison, 30 students were arrested at an April campus-wide event -- and a survey reports that nearly half the school population has admitted to blacking out as a result of intoxication.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, JMU's president sent out a letter to students spelling out the school's intention to change "the negative alcohol culture" on campus.

At Wake Forest, administrators have declared that they will now notify parents of students charged with alcohol violations.

The two schools' efforts are in the minority. A recent report revealed that few schools do much, if anything, to reduce excessive student alcohol use.

What do you think? Are these schools overreacting, or has college drinking gone out of control? Give your input below.