Implement party patrols
Party patrols are a community-based approach in which campus or local teams, made up of police and sometimes volunteers, visit locations where there have been reports and complaints about noisy party activity or visit addresses associated with keg registrations to determine whether underage drinking is taking place. If illegal activity is occurring, the police cite any adults who appear to have facilitated underage drinking and cite those drinking underage.
Effectiveness: X = Too few robust studies to rate effectiveness—or mixed results
Cost: $ = Lower
Barriers: ## = Moderate
Research Amount: *** = 5 or more cross-sectional studies or 1 to 4 longitudinal studies
Public Health Reach: Broad
Staffing Expertise Needed: Policy advocate
Target Population: Underage students
Research Population: College
Effectiveness ratings are based on estimated success in achieving targeted outcomes. Cost ratings are based on a consensus among research team members of the relative program and staff costs for adoption, implementation, and maintenance of a strategy. Actual costs will vary by institution, depending on size, existing programs, and other campus and community factors. Barriers to implementing a strategy include cost and opposition, among other factors. Public health reach refers to the number of students that a strategy affects. Strategies with a broad reach affect all students or a large group of students (e.g., all underage students); strategies with a focused reach affect individuals or small groups of students (e.g., sanctioned students). Research amount/quality refers to the number and design of studies.
- Newman IA, Shell DE, Major LJ, & Workman TA. Use of policy, education, and enforcement to reduce binge drinking among university students: The NU Directions Project. International Journal of Drug Policy, 17(4):339–49, 2006.
- Saltz RF, Paschall MJ, McGaffigan RP, & Nygaard PMO. Alcohol risk management in college settings: The safer California universities randomized trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 39(6):491–99, 2010.
- Saltz RF, Welker LR, Paschall MJ, Feeney MA, & Fabiano PM. Evaluating a comprehensive campus-community prevention intervention to reduce alcohol-related problems in a college population. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (Suppl. 16):21–7, 2009.
References from 2019 update
Resources identified only for strategies rated effective.