Drinking is a staple of college culture, but city and university officials say the issue of alcohol abuse is not one to be taken lightly.
Alcohol consumption is a fueling factor in many of the calls the San Marcos Police Department responds to on weekend nights, said SMPD Chief Chase Stapp.
“After a certain time in the evening, probably about 95 percent or more of our calls involve alcohol,” said policeman Vincent Fischer. “Everyone we’re going to run into after around 11:30 or 12 has consumed alcohol, especially the students.”
Many of the calls are situations that are “blown out of proportion” when one or both parties are extremely intoxicated, Fischer said last Saturday night while on patrol duty.