ERIC Number: ED324570
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
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Are We Too Busy Doing What Needs To Be Done To Know What It Is that We're Doing? The Rationale and Purpose for a National Research Agenda on the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems on Campus.
Gonzalez, Gerardo M.
This paper reviews alcohol awareness and alcoholism prevention efforts on college campuses since the mid-1970s. The concept of responsible drinking which is an accepted part of these college prevention programs is discussed. It is noted that while the responsible drinking concept has been recently called into question, there never was any meaningful body of research underlying its use in prevention programs in general, nor has there been any significant research to assess the efficacy of its use in campus prevention programs. Designated driver programs are also discussed, and it is noted that here again there has been no research evaluating these programs. Other points made are that college prevention and education programs created under the Omnibus Drug Bills of 1986 and 1988 are being rapidly created in an atmosphere of an inadequate research base. It is noted that many of the research funds provided to the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration have been specifically designated for "high risk youth" and do not include college students. At the same time, colleges have a rich array of resources which can be involved in meaningful research efforts if provided with proper leadership. The paper concludes by recommending a meaningful national research agenda regarding the prevention of alcohol and other drug problems on campus. (ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse in Higher Education Applied Research Meeting (Washington, DC, July 27-28, 1989).