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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
Disseminate the College alcohol and drug policy to students.August-September 2014Alcohol and drug policy will be distributed to all faculty, staff, and students.
Order alcohol and drug educational materials.Aug-14Educational materials offer a building block to impact and reduce dangerous alcohol use.
Monitor health center/infirmary reports.August 2014-April 2015Any alcohol-related incidents will be documented.
Schedule classes and exams on Fridays.August 2014-April 2015This strategy emphasizesthe 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 2014-April 2015Creates a climate that discourages high-risk drinking.
Disseminate alcohol and drug educational materials to all students enrolled in Freshman ORN classes and student athletes.Sep-14High-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)Sep-14Offers motivational enhancement intervention.
Assess student awareness of campus alcohol and drug policies using CORE survey (in partnership with CHASCO).Oct-14Results 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).Oct-14Capture entire student population’s attention with use of incentives to raise awareness.
Develop social norms messaging based on CORE survey results.Nov-14Appeal 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.Dec-14Social norms campaign will continue through Spring semester. 
Review campaign and reorder materials as necessary for 2014-15 academic year.Mar-15Reflects 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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