Require Friday morning classes
Under this strategy, a campus requires classes on Friday mornings to discourage excessive alcohol use by students on Thursday evenings. (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: $ = Lower
Barriers: # = Lower
Research Amount: ** = 2 to 4 studies but no longitudinal studies
Public Health Reach: Broad
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.
- Paschall MJ, Kypri K, & Saltz RF. Friday class and heavy alcohol use in a sample of New Zealand college students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 67(5):764–9, 2006.
- Wood PK, Sher KJ, & Rutledge PC. College student alcohol consumption, day of the week, and class schedule. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 31(7):1195–1207, 2007.
- Ward RM, Cleveland MJ, & Messman-Moore TL. Latent class analysis of college women’s Thursday drinking. Addictive Behaviors, 38(1):1407–13, 2013.
References from 2019 update
Resources identified only for strategies rated effective.