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Alcohol Education Program

Did You Know?
The consequences of excessive drinking affect virtually all college campuses, college communities, and college students, whether they choose to drink or not.

  • Death: 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes (Hingson et al., 2009).
  • Injury: 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol (Hingson et al., 2009).
  • Assault: 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking (Hingson et al., 2009).
  • Sexual Abuse: 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape (Hingson et al., 2009).
  • Unsafe Sex: 400,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 had unprotected sex and more than 100,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex (Hingson et al., 2002).
  • Academic Problems: About 25 percent of college students report academic consequences of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall (Engs et al., 1996; Presley et al., 1996a, 1996b; Wechsler et al., 2002).
  • Health Problems/Suicide Attempts: More than 150,000 students develop an alcohol-related health problem (Hingson et al., 2002), and between 1.2 and 1.5 percent of students indicate that they tried to commit suicide within the past year due to drinking or drug use (Presley et al., 1998).
  • Drunk Driving: 3,360,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 drive under the influence of alcohol (Hingson et al., 2009).
  • Vandalism: About 11 percent of college student drinkers report that they have damaged property while under the influence of alcohol (Wechsler et al., 2002).
  • Property Damage: More than 25 percent of administrators from schools with relatively low drinking levels and over 50 percent from schools with high drinking levels say their campuses have a "moderate" or "major" problem with alcohol-related property damage (Wechsler et al., 1995).
  • Police Involvement: About 5 percent of 4-year college students are involved with the police or campus security as a result of their drinking (Wechsler et al., 2002), and 110,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are arrested for an alcohol-related violation such as public drunkenness or driving under the influence (Hingson et al., 2002).
  • Alcohol Abuse and Dependence: 31 percent of college students met criteria for a diagnosis of alcohol abuse and 6 percent for a diagnosis of alcohol dependence in the past 12 months, according to questionnaire-based self-reports about their drinking (Knight et al., 2002).

Prevention Plan

Action/ActivityImplementation TimelineKey Result
Determine how the College currently distributes alcohol and drug policies annually to students, staff and faculty.August, 2013Will gain an understanding about whether or not campus is in compliance with the College’s alcohol and drug policy.
Disseminate the College alcohol and drug policy to students, staff and faculty (found in the Student Handbook).August, 2013Alcohol and drug policy will be distributed to all faculty, staff, and students.
Establish an alcohol education task force to include  Ms. Anderson, Ms. Boyd, Dr. Smith, 1 Freshman ORN Instructor, 1 resident advisor, 1 athletics staff person, SGA President, and 1 security staff person.August, 2013Will adopt an annual distribution plan to ensure campus becomes compliant with the College’s alcohol and drug policy; mutually enforcing intervention.
Order free alcohol and drug educational materials.August, 2013Educational materials offer a building block to impact and reduce dangerous alcohol use.
Monitor health center/infirmary reports.August 2013-April 2014Any alcohol-related incidents will be documented.
Schedule classes and exams on Fridays. August 2013-April 2014This strategy emphasizes the importance of academics and discourages the alcohol-fueled partying that may occur on Thursday nights if students do not need to attend classes on Fridays.
Increase the number and variety of alcohol-free social activities for students. August 2013-April 2014 Creates a climate that discourages high-risk drinking.
Disseminate alcohol and drug educational materials to all students enrolled in Freshman ORN classes and student athletes. September 2013High-risk student population will be informed of the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption. Increased awareness of the dangers of drug use.
Dedicate 2 ORN class sessions to alcohol education (films/speaker) September 2013Offers motivational enhancement intervention.
Assess student awareness of campus alcohol and drug policies using CORE survey (in partnership with CHASCO). October 2013Results will reflect current student beliefs about alcohol and drug use. Examines students' perceptions about the acceptability of abusive drinking behavior.
Distribution of e-mails and posters offering incentives for students to go online to take CORE survey (in partnership with CHASCO). October 2013Capture entire student population’s attention with use of incentives to raise awareness.
Develop social norms messaging based on CORE survey results. November 2013Appeal to student based on survey data to refute beliefs about the tolerance for this behavior as well as beliefs about the number of students who drink excessively and the amounts of alcohol they consume.
Initiate the social norms messaging and media campaign to include posters, emails, etc. December 2013Social norms campaign will continue through Spring semester.
Review campaign and reorder materials as necessary for 2014-15 academic year.March 2014Reflects continued College’s position to combine traditional education programs with strategies aimed at changing the physical and social environment on campus and in surrounding community.
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