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Mankato student drinks herself to death

According to the Star Tribune, Amanda Jax died in Mankato Monday after what police say was due to drinking herself to death, but official cause of death is unknown. Police officials are not surprised by this and have actually expected something like this to happen soon or later.

Matt Westermeyer, deputy director of public safety for Mankato, said that binge drinking has been a problem for sometime now.

He also added that other college towns have the same problem and mentioned other situations in which students had to face deadly consequences from their unruly behavior after drinking.

Jax, from Meyer, was found dead in the morning after her 21st birthday celebration, in an apartment neary Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her friends had brought her there after a night of drinking.

Police said it "appears that alcohol played a significant role in the death of Ms. Jax" after she "became quite intoxicated."

Services for Jax are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. today at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia and one hour prior to Friday's service at the church.

According to the Mankato Free Press, Jax had been convicted of alcohol-related offenses in two separate counties, both in 2005 and 2006.

The university, in the past, has promoted decreasing drinking on or around campus and new programs have been so far sucessful.

This incident has reawoken the Health Services department at the university and further steps are going to be taken into yet again trying to prevent drinking.