College Binge Drinking: A Path to Destruction?

College Binge Drinking: A Path to Destruction?
According to a recent article in US News & World Report, the combination of weekend parties, Greek life and football games on college campuses represent a path to destruction for college students. The article notes that according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, nearly 40 percent of college students admitted to binge drinking in the past month. In other words, they had enough drinks in a two-hour period to result in blood alcohol concentration levels of 0.08 or more – that’s approximately four drinks for women and five drinks for men. The article goes on to note that the consequences of these drinking habits result in “Thousands of assaults, accidents, injuries, arrests and even deaths every year.” Some of the sober statistics include:• Approximately 1,825 college students ages 18 to 24 die from alcohol-related injuries – including car accidents – annually.• About 696,000 students ages 18 to 24...
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Talking With Your College-Bound Young Adult about Alcohol

Talking With Your College-Bound Young Adult about Alcohol
Students preparing to attend college have already taken several steps toward independence. Deciding where to go to college, what career path to pursue, and how to finance an advanced education are all choices in learning how to be an adult. But they are not there yet. Young adults still need and value their parents’ guidance as they make decisions about their future. One of these decisions will be about alcohol use at college—and parents represent the best source of advice on the issue. Talk with your young adult about avoiding underage drinking, even if you suspect alcohol use during high school. Research suggests that teens who talked with their parents about alcohol avoidance strategies before they began their first year of college were more likely to avoid alcohol, limit its use, and spend less time with heavy-drinking peers. College can overwhelm new students as they deal with changing social and academic...
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Study Finds that Alcohol Intervention Programs Don't Work on Fraternity Members

Study Finds that Alcohol Intervention Programs Don't Work on Fraternity Members
Interventions designed to reduce alcohol use among fraternity members are just as effective as not intervening at all, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association. Article announcing the study findings was published in Inside Higher Ed . The researchers analyzed 25 years of research involving 6,000 college students and 21 different intervention programs. They found no significant difference between students who received an intervention and those who did not, in terms of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems.“Reducing alcohol consumption and problems among fraternity members will require a different strategy relative to their college drinking peers,” said Lori Scott-Sheldon, lead researcher for the study and an associate professor of psychology at Brown University. “Additional research is needed to determine the best approach to reduce alcohol misuse among members of Greek letter organizations.”
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College Students’ Drinking Drops in the Summer, Spikes During Fall and Spring Break

College Students’ Drinking Drops in the Summer, Spikes During Fall and Spring Break
College students’ drinking drops during the summer, but spikes during the return to school in the fall semester, and during spring break, a new study shows. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego studied alcohol consumption among 462 college freshmen eight times over the course of a year. They looked at associations between drinking and events such as campus festivals, the beginning and end of the semester, and school breaks. They found a 29 percent drop in drinking during the summer, when most students are not on campus, Medical Daily reports. When they returned to campus in the fall, their drinking increased 31 percent. Alcohol consumption jumped by 18 percent around spring break, up until an on-campus festival. The findings appear in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about four out of five college students drink alcohol. About half...
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New Tool Helps Colleges Select Best Alcohol Prevention Programs for Their Needs

New Tool Helps Colleges Select Best Alcohol Prevention Programs for Their Needs
A new online tool introduced this school year is helping colleges compare and choose interventions to address harmful and underage student drinking. CollegeAIM—the College Alcohol Intervention Matrix—helps administrators find programs that are effective and fit into their budget, says Jason Kilmer, PhD of the University of Washington, who helped to develop the resource. CollegeAIM is the product of a multi-year collaboration with 16 college alcohol researchers with a range of expertise who developed and reviewed decades of scientific literature, and presents comprehensive and complicated information in a quick and convenient way through two accessible and easy-to-use matrices. It is also available in print form. Dr. Kilmer spoke about CollegeAIM, developed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), at the recent Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) 26th National Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. The need for a tool to help colleges combat college drinking is clear. According to...
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