State Patty's Day Sees Dip in Numbers

By Mallory Lane

Published 03/02 2014 06:59PM

Updated 03/02 2014 11:52PM

STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - A popular student-created drinking holiday may be losing its momentum.

For the second straight year, local bars and liquor stores in State College shut down in an attempt to stop State Patty's Day, but did their efforts pay off?

State College Police don't have exact numbers yet, but said crime and other drinking-related offenses are down again this year and said the number of arrests is down by nearly 50 percent.

A spokesperson with Mount Nittany Medical Center said the number of alcohol-related emergency room visits are down this year with 34 visits, compared to 49 visits last year.

They said the average blood alcohol level was .220, compared to .285 last year. The average age of patients from State Patty's Day this year was 20.

"We're still looking at a significant issue and a significant problem," Mount Nittany Medical Center Communications and Media Relations Director, Nichole Monica, said. "Our hope would be that this event would continue to become less attractive to the community and less attractive to people to come to this kind of event so that we would continue to see the numbers go down."

State College Police expect to have more specific numbers available early this week.

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