Require alcohol-free programming
Under this strategy, a campus hosts alcohol-free events to provide students with social alternatives to parties and bars where alcohol is being served. (Note: Strategy does not seek to reduce alcohol availability, one of the most effective ways to decrease alcohol use and its consequences.)
Effectiveness: X = Too few robust studies to rate effectiveness—or mixed results
Cost: $$$ = Higher
Barriers: # = Lower
Research Amount: ** = 2 to 4 studies but no longitudinal studies
Public Health Reach: Focused
Staffing Expertise Needed: Coordinator
Target Population: All 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.
- Patrick ME, Maggs JL, & Osgood DW. Late night Penn State alcohol-free programming: Students drink less on days they participate. Prevention Science, 11(2):155–62, 2010.
- Wei J, Barnett NP, & Clark M. Attendance at alcohol-free and alcohol-service parties and alcohol consumption among college students. Addictive Behaviors, 35(6):572–9, 2010.
References from 2019 update
Resources identified only for strategies rated effective.