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New Resource Helps Colleges Address College Drinking

As more than 2 million freshmen head off to college, they enter the most dangerous time for harmful and underage drinking—the first 6 weeks of freshman year.

In fact, nearly 40% of college students report binge drinking in the past 30 days, with many consequences:

  •        For students: deaths (1,825 annually), injuries (696,000 annually), sexual assaults/date rape (97,000 annually), and poor academic performance (1 in 4)
  •        For colleges: costs for security, health care, vandalism and attrition; damage to reputation




Now there is help available to combat the problem of college drinking. The new print and online resource—CollegeAIM (Alcohol Intervention Matrix)—compares and rates nearly 60 types of interventions on effectiveness, anticipated costs and barriers to implementation, and other factors. Developed in a multi-year process with input from leading alcohol researchers and college staff, examining hundreds of studies, it represents a consensus of top experts in this area.

With CollegeAIM, school officials can learn how their current strategies compare to other evidence-based alternatives; discover possible new strategies to consider; and select a combination of approaches that best meets the particular needs of their students and campus.

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Dr. George Koob, Director of National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and Dr. Jonathan C. Gibralter, President of Wells College and Chair of NIAAA College Presidents joined me recently to share more about this new resource, and how it will benefit colleges and students across the country.


Take a listen to the interview below.



For more information, visit: www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov.

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Hi Makeba, My daughter left for college this year and while I worry about her safety, I trust she isn’t drinking. Before she left and really all through high school, I talked to her about the dangers of drinking and the consequences and shared a story of a friend of mine and a scary experience she had during a night of drinking. I trust she listened to my advice and our talks and will be responsible on her own. That stats you shared here are alarming. I’m sharing this with other parents to remind them to talk to their college… Read more »

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