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How To Reduce High-Risk College Drinking: Use Proven Strategies, Fill Research Gaps

What Is New About High-risk College Drinking?

“Most colleges visited saw alcohol abuse as a serious problem on the campus in terms of student drunkenness and the social, physical, and property damage or injury that resulted. Approximately 15% of the schools visited had already become involved in alcohol education or abuse prevention activities but the vast majority were looking for ideas and guidance.…Antisocial behavior, which if committed by a sober person would never be tolerated, is readily accepted if the person is drunk. Probably the greatest impediment to action on many campuses is that drunkenness is looked upon as normal.”

The Whole College Catalog About Drinking, 1976


College student drunkenness is far from new, and neither are college and university efforts to control it. What is new, however, is the potential to make real progress on this age-old problem, based on scientific research results. New, research-based information about the consequences of high-risk college drinking and how to reduce it can empower colleges and universities, communities, and other interested organizations to take effective action. Although significant information gaps remain, the availability of solid, science-based guidance means we no longer have to reinvent the wheel each time we address the problem—or inadvertently perpetuate programs and approaches that do not make any difference.

Research-based Rationale for Action: A Widespread Problem with Harmful Consequences

Current State of Practice

Identifying Research-based Opportunities for Progress

Developing This Report: The Panel and the Process

 

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