ERIC Number: ED350928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Alcohol Practices, Policies, and Potentials of American Colleges and Universities. An OSAP White Paper.
Eigen, Lewis D.
This white paper describes the extent of drinking on college campuses; the health, social, academic, and economic costs thereof; means of education and intervention available to schools; and the relationship of many university policies and practices to this problem. The paper is organized into two major sections. The first describes the nature of the problem including an analysis of the amount and nature of campus drinking and its consequences. The paper also discusses demographics and student attitudes (religion, gender differences, and children of alcoholics), and college students at high risk. The second section describes what colleges and universities are doing to deal with the alcohol problem, specifically campus regulations (permissible activity, places and times, regulating drunkenness, conditions of use, college newspaper advertising, sponsorship of events, attitudes toward regulation, campus culture, and enforcement dilemmas). This section also describes treatment offerings, education efforts, and programs and policies. Final sections describe campus organization and coordination, resources, and long-term financing for campus alcohol activities and programs. A final summary emphasizes the grave nature of the problem, the fact that steps can be taken to diminish the problem, and the urgency with which institutions must respond. Over 200 footnotes cite references throughout. (JB)
Descriptors: Alcohol Abuse, Campuses, College Administration, Educational Environment, Health Education, Higher Education, Institutional Environment, Intervention, Prevention, Program Administration, School Policy, Student Attitudes
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20852 (slides are also available).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Sponsor: Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Office for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Authoring Institution: CSR, Inc., Washington, DC.