ERIC Number: ED538455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Planning Alternative Campus Events. Prevention Update
Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention
In its 2002 report, foremost among the recommendations of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's Task Force on College Drinking is that "to achieve a change in culture, schools must intervene at three levels: at the individual-student level, at the level of the entire student body, and at the community level. Research conducted to date strongly supports this three-level approach. Within this overarching structure, schools need to tailor programs to address their specific alcohol-related problems." According to "Environmental Policies to Reduce College Drinking: Options and Research Findings," one strategy at the level of the student body to "de-emphasize alcohol and create positive expectations on campus is to create positive environments that students can enjoy without alcohol use. For example, campuses can offer recreational sports later at night and on weekends or, instead of having a campus pub, campuses can establish a coffeehouse." While there is little research on the extent and effectiveness of alcohol-free alternative events on college campuses as a component of a comprehensive prevention approach, anecdotal evidence suggests that this is an increasingly popular approach. According to a 2011 "Wall Street Journal" article, "As more schools offer increasingly creative alternatives to shots and beer pong, they say they see noticeable declines in drinking." Results of a 2010 study of LateNight Penn State Alcohol-Free Programming (LNPS) indicated that "students drank less on days they attended LNPS and on days they stayed in (rather than going to bars/parties, other campus events, or entertainment), both especially among women." Lessons learned from colleges and universities are shared. A list of resources is included.
Descriptors: Prevention, Evidence, Alcohol Abuse, Advisory Committees, Drinking, College Students, School Policy, Program Development, Campuses, Recreational Activities, Dining Facilities, Program Effectiveness
Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention. EDC, Inc. 43 Foundry Avenue, Waltham, MA 02453. Tel: 800-676-1730; Fax: 617-928-1537; e-mail: HigherEdCtr@edc.org; Web site: http://www.edc.org/projects/higher_education_center_alcohol_drug_abuse_and_violence_prevention
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (ED); Education Development Center, Inc.
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention (ED)