Alcohol Prevention in Higher Education

Category: Education

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Environmental Management for reducing drinking on college campuses


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National Resources for Your Prevention Efforts Beth DeRicco, Ph.D. Associate Director

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Prevention in Higher Education 1987 The Network for the Elimination of Substance Abuse on College and University Campuses 1988 Congress commits $40 million for research in AOD abuse 1989 Groups of nationally know researchers practitioners, and federal agencies gather to determine a research agenda. 1983 Inter-Association Task Force on Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse Issues 1989 Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments 1993 The Safe and Drug Free Schools office authorizes funding for The Higher Education Center

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The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) administers, coordinates, and recommends policy for improving quality and excellence of programs and activities that are designed to: Provide financial assistance for drug and violence prevention activities and activities that promote the health and well being of students in elementary and secondary schools, and institutions of higher education. Activities may be carried out by State and local educational agencies and by other public and private nonprofit organizations.

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Slide 5: The Network is a national organization that proactively addresses the issues of alcohol, other drugs, and violence in order to promote healthy campus environments through self-regulatory initiatives, information dissemination, and technical assistance. The Network serves as a liaison between the U.S. Department of Education and member institutions as well as other higher education professional organizations. Member institutions encourage and enhance local, state, regional, and national initiatives through a commitment to shared standards for policy development, educational strategies, enforcement, evaluation, and community collaboration.

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Education Development Center (EDC) is an international, non-profit organization with 325 projects dedicated to enhancing learning, promoting health, and fostering a deeper understanding of the world.

Slide 7: Health and Human Development Programs (HHD) is a division of EDC that aims to foster healthy lifestyles and create healthy, safe environments where people live, learn, and work.

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The Center for College Health and Safety assists colleges and universities in developing, implementing, and evaluating prevention policies and programs that address a broad range of health and safety issues at institutions of higher education.

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To assist ED in serving IHEs in developing and implementing policies and programs that will foster students’ academic and social development and promote campus and community safety by preventing the harmful effects of alcohol and other drug use and violence among college students. Mission of the Higher Education Center

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Individual factors (students) Peer factors (students) AND Institutional factors Community factors Public policy Comprehensive Approach Environmental Management

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Public Health Model Students’ decisions about alcohol consumption are heavily influenced by several factors: Cultural and group norms Alcohol accessibility Policies and laws Financial costs

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Preventing Motor Vehicle Crashes: Leading cause of death among 18-34 year olds Only Driver’s Education? Alcohol Speed Lack of belt use Other driver behaviors Vehicle types Roads FACTORS SOLUTIONS

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Alcohol Speed Lack of belt use Other behaviors Vehicle types Roads FACTORS SOLUTIONS BAC Laws, Sobriety Checkpoints Speed Limits, Radar Detectors Seatbelt Laws Red Light Cameras, Graduated Licensing Airbags, Side Impact Equipment, Antilock Brakes Traffic Signals, Lights, Road Lights and Reflectors, Guard Rails Preventing Motor Vehicle Crashes: Leading cause of death among 18-34 year olds

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Higher Education Amendments To the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA)

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Slide 10 Case Law As property owners, colleges and universities have a legal duty to maintain a safe campus. A campus must take reasonable protective measures to guard against foreseeable hazards and risks in the campus environment. Please Consult Your Legal Counsel

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

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Assess their problems realistically Progress in reducing underage and excessive student drinking can be made when colleges and universities can: Adopt research-based strategies to confront them Adjust program activities to meet institution-specific needs Define outcomes for drinking programs that reflect desired changes and can be measured

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Promote alcohol-free social, recreational, extracurricular, and public service options. Create a health-promoting normative environment. Limit alcohol availability. Increase the development and enforcement of campus policies and state and local laws. Restrict the marketing and promotion of alcoholic beverages both on and off campus. Strategies for Environmental Change

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Higher Education Center The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention Health and Human Development Programs Education Development Center, Inc. 55 Chapel Street Newton, MA 02458-1060 Phone: (800) 676-1730 Fax: (617) 928-1537 E-mail: www.

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