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A Call to Action: Changing the Culture of Drinking at U.S. Colleges

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Special Thanks to Enoch Gordis, M.D.

Comment from the Institute

Preface/Task Force Co-Chairs


College Drinking Is a Culture

The Answer: Change the Culture. The Question: How?

A Snapshot of Annual High-Risk College Drinking Consequences

Heavy Episodic Consumption of Alcohol

Alcohol and Adolescent Brain Development

Factors Affecting Student Drinking

Living Arrangements

College Characteristics

First-Year Students

Other Factors Affecting Drinking

Comparison with Noncollege Peers

Secondhand Consequences of Drinking

Post-College Consequences

Issues Involved in A Call to Action

The Challenge for Colleges and Communities

Impact of Inadequate Information

Problems with Program Design

Impact on Implementation

Results of Prolonged Ineffectiveness

Integrating Research Into College Alcohol Program Planning

Involving Colleges and Universities

Establishing Administrative Norms

Obtaining External Support

A Call to Action: Recommendations for Addressing Excessive College Drinking

Recommendations for Colleges and Universities

Overarching Framework

Recommended Strategies

Tier 1: Evidence of Effectiveness Among College Students

Tier 2: Evidence of Success With General Populations That Could Be Applied to College Environments

Tier 3: Evidence of Logical and Theoretical Promise, But Require More Comprehensive Evaluation

Tier 4: Evidence of Ineffectiveness

A Special Role for College Presidents

The Need for Student Participation in Prevention Policymaking and Programs

Recommendations for the Research Community

Recommendations for NIAAA

A Final Word


Task Force Members and Participants

College and University Presidents

Special Thanks to Other Participating College Presidents


Task Force Panel Members


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism



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Last reviewed: 7/11/2007

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