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ERIC Number: ED537687
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Curbing Alcohol-Related Problems at College Sports Events. E-Fact Sheet
Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention
The athletics season at colleges and universities is well under way, with college football games drawing millions of spectators. For example, Clemson University, with an enrollment of 17,000 students, is located in Clemson, S.C., with a population of approximately 12,000. But Clemson Memorial Stadium, which can seat more than 80,000 football fans, is often filled to capacity. And game days at colleges and universities across the nation are often accompanied by daylong drinking and partying. In addition, college football games and other sports events, steeped in a tradition of rivalry between schools, have long been associated with rowdy and risky behavior fueled by alcohol. Increases in alcohol availability lead to increases in alcohol consumption, which in turn lead to increases in alcohol problems, according to a number of research reports from sources such as the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the Institute of Medicine. A number of environmental strategies are available to reduce the social and commercial availability of alcohol to college students in order to reduce certain types of alcohol-related problems. Most have not been studied, and evidence is limited or nonexistent regarding their effectiveness for college populations. Nevertheless, colleges and universities have adopted various policies aimed at reducing access to alcohol at athletics events, from outright bans on alcohol in stadiums to limits on tailgating parties.
Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention. EDC, Inc. 43 Foundry Avenue, Waltham, MA 02453. Tel: 800-676-1730; Fax: 617-928-1537; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (ED)
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Florida; Louisiana; Maryland; Minnesota; Ohio; South Carolina; Tennessee