ERIC Number: ED372338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Facts on College Alcohol Education Programming. Clearinghouse Fact Sheet.
Hill, Donna S.
Despite increases in the minimum legal drinking age, national studies show that 82 to 92 percent of college students consume alcohol, with about 20 percent considered as heavy drinkers. Students who drink may have particular needs for focused education or intervention, but all students can benefit from education regarding the full range of alcohol usage. Alcohol education on campuses should target the entire college community, including faculty and staff; many opportunities exist for educating the university community about alcohol-related risk reduction. An initial step in alcohol education is to establish a task force or committee which will assess the needs of the target population and explore areas such as funding sources, staffing, and goals. Also important is an institutional policy on alcohol use. Once campus needs have been determined, the scope of the program can be set. The program's leadership will assume responsibility for initial and ongoing program development and quality control, and will generate and maintain the momentum of the program. Peer education is strongly recommended in leadership programs and careful recruitment and education of these peer leaders is crucial. A well-planned, comprehensive, and enduring alcohol education program holds the potential to reduce alcohol-related problems on an individual as well as an institutional basis. (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: Rutgers, The State Univ., Piscataway, NJ. Center of Alcohol Studies.
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