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Recent research confirms that college campuses continue to have significant alcohol and other drug-use problems. Although the vast majority of college students are under the legal drinking age of 21, alcohol is the drug that causes the most problems. Studies conducted on college campuses suggest a strong relationship between alcohol and other drug use and a variety of negative consequences for students. These include poor academic performance, accidental injuries and deaths, fighting, unplanned sexual activity, property damage, and trouble with campus or local police. In response to growing awareness of and concern about this problem, institutions of higher education are implementing policies and programs in an attempt to curb alcohol and other drug use and the associated negative consequences. The environmental management approach being used recognizes that student behavior is influenced at multiple levels: personal, peer, institutional, community, and public policy. This booklet includes examples of strategies many colleges and universities are implementing that can have a positive influence on the campus culture regarding alcohol and other drug use. Some of these strategies include: forming partnerships with local communities to ensure alcohol is not served to minors or intoxicated students; strengthening academic requirements; keeping the library and recreational facilities open longer hours; and providing a wide range of alcohol-free social and recreational activities. A description is provided of model programs from 13 colleges across the country. (ADT)

Descriptors: College Students, Demonstration Programs, Drinking, Drug Education, Higher Education, Illegal Drug Use, Prevention

This report is available on the Web at http://www.edc.org/hec.









Autor: Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, Newton, MA.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=6952&id=ED445305



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