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College Drinking Task Force Report and Associated Materials

Raynard S. Kington, MD, Ph.D.
Acting Director
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institutes of Health

Task Force Report and Related Materials

  • Task Force Report published on April 9, 2002
  • Related materials produced included:
    • 2 Panel Reports
    • 3 brochures
    • Planning and Evaluation guide
    • Journal Articles
    • Press Release
  • College-drinking Web site Launched

Media Attention and Outreach

  • Report findings seen by over 155 million people or more than half the American population
  • Extensive briefings for "stakeholders"

College Drinking Web site -

Web Site Statistics - April and May
Average Per Day Total
Successful Hits for Entire Site 1,709,434
Average Hits Per Day 56,440
Total Visits 1,236,693
Average Visits Per Day 2,690

Public Demand for Printed Material

  • Over 7,000 copies from one university for brochures
  • Cost reimbursement

Congressional Interest in College-age Drinking

  • Senate Government Affairs Hearing
  • Fall Breakfast--Senator Reed

Research Funding Opportunities

  • FY 1998
    • $400,000
  • FY 1999
    • 5 grants
    • $2 million
  • FY 2001
    • 16 grants
    • $7.8 million ($.9 million from non-NIAAA sources)
  • FY 2002 and FY 2003
    • $8 million ($4 million each year)

Collaborative Activities

  • Federal Partnerships
  • College and University Presidents
  • Constituency Organizations

Federal Partnerships

Jointly funding 5-year Multi-campus prevention study

U. S. Department of Education
Town meeting

Regional Workshops


  • Share information
  • Motivate Presidents
  • Encourage the use of research-based interventions
  • Provide specific products
  • Encourage discussion

Constituency Organizations

  • National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)
  • American College Health Association (ACHA)
  • Utah State Division of Substance Abuse Policy Forum

Annual Updates

  • Concurrent with National Alcohol Screening Day
  • State-by-State Epidemiologic Data Planned


  • Task Force Report is not an ending but a beginning
  • Provides the foundation for science, rather than anecdote, to guide college drinking prevention efforts