Drinking among college students frequently leads to serious health and social problems. These include immediate problems, such as alcohol poisoning and alcohol related traffic crashes, as well as long term problems, such as academic failure and chronic alcohol abuse. Research has been carried out at PRC and other organizations to measure the magnitude and nature of the problem and to identify effective interventions.
Many of the most effective strategies involve changing the community and campus environment around alcohol use and sales. For an example of the use of environmental strategies in whole communities, read the synopsis of the Community Trials project carried out by PRC
Following are materials that provide more information about college drinking and prevention strategies.
“Facts and Myths about College Drinking: A Serious Problem with Serious Solutions”
By Kathryn Stewart, Prevention Research Center, May 2013
Ethnic Differences in the Effect of College on Drinking By Tamar M. J. Antin, Dr.P.H., M.A.A., Sharon Lipperman-Kreda, Ph.D., Mallie J. Paschall, Ph.D., Miesha Marzell, Ph.D., and Robynn Battle, Ed.D., M.P.H., 2014
- Safer Colleges can Reduce Heavy Drinking April 2011
- Dangerous college drinking: Prevention is possible, studies suggest June 2009
- Colleges, communities combat off-campus student drinking June 2009
- As College Drinking Problems Rise, New Studies Identify Effective Prevention Strategies June 2009
- College students bingeing to extremes Heavy drinking among college students, March 2004
- Catastrophic Drinking Among College Students Story of Discovery, By Paul Gruenewald, Ph.D.
- Preventing Alcohol Problems Among College Students: Environmental Strategies to Prevention
Recent PRC Research Projects
- Science to Practice: Developing and testing a marketing strategy for preventing alcohol-related problems in college communities Principal Investigator: Robert F. Saltz, Ph.D.
- Safer Colleges and Universities: A UC-System Evaluation Principal Investigator: Robert F. Saltz, Ph.D.
Safer Colleges Toolkit
- Safer Colleges Toolkit Principal Investigator: Robert F. Saltz, Ph.D.