What Colleges Need to Know Now: An Update on College Drinking Research
The comprehensive reports released by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s (NIAAA’s) Task Force on College Drinking turned a national spotlight on the problem of harmful drinking among college students.
The central report, A Call to Action: Changing the Culture of Drinking at U.S. Colleges, has proven influential in the college alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention and treatment field. Statistics first introduced in the report are now routinely used to convey the magnitude of college drinking problems and their consequences. Policymakers, legal experts, and organizations that provide college programming assistance have modified their efforts to reflect the Task Force recommendations.
A Call to Action: Changing the Culture of
Drinking at U.S. Colleges
This report, developed by the NIAAA-supported Task Force on College Drinking, discusses binge drinking among college students and its consequences for both drinkers and nondrinkers. The report outlines recommendations for colleges and universities, researchers, and NIAAA based on scientific evidence and calls for collaboration between academic institutions and researchers.
The National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, established two panels of nongovernment experts to research alcohol consumption among college students. The two panels are Contexts and Consequences (panel 1) and Prevention and Treatment (panel 2). Panel 1 focuses on what is known about college drinking and its consequences and on gaps in knowledge that need further study. Panel 2 recommends action steps and research for colleges and universities, researchers, and NIAAA.
College Drinking Statistical Papers
These reports compare the numbers of 18- to 24-year-old U.S. college students who experience alcohol-related deaths, injuries, and other health problems in 1998 and 2001.
College Fact Sheet for Parents
The consequences of excessive drinking by college students are more significant, more destructive, and more costly than many parents realize. These consequences affect students whether or not they drink. Parents can use this information to help prepare their college-aged sons and daughters by talking with them about the consequences of excessive drinking.
Based on the report A Call to Action: Changing the Culture of Drinking at U.S. Colleges, NIAAA has created concise online brochures highlighting practical information for parents, college presidents, and peer educators.
Whole College Catalog
Published in 1976, the Whole College Catalog encourages fresh thinking and experimentation regarding alcohol abuse prevention. The ideas and program concepts found in the catalog were contributed by students and staff members from various colleges around the country, which are not necessarily endorsed by NIAAA. View topics that are addressed in the catalog, and if interested, e-mail the webmaster to get a free print copy.
The goal of this curriculum is to help health care professionals identify and treat students who are at risk of or are having alcohol-related problems. The clinical methods presented in this curriculum are based on science and clinical experience and have been tested and used in a variety of settings.
Tips for Cutting Down on Drinking
Small changes can make a big difference in reducing your chances of having alcohol-related problems.
Here are some strategies to try.
Alcohol Alert #68 Young Adult Drinking
Too often today’s headlines bring news of yet another alcohol-related tragedy involving a young person—a case of fatal alcohol poisoning on a college campus or a late-night drinking–driving crash. People ages 18 to 25 often are in the news, but are they really at higher risk than anyone else for problems involving alcohol?