In recent months the news headlines have been filled with stories related to college drinking and the consequences of drinking, from student injuries to deaths. Campus administrators, health educators, policy makers, parents and students alike have been asking the same question, "What are the best ways to prevent the harmful consequences of college drinking?" The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), NIH, provides strategies and solutions based on research and you can find them at http://www.CollegeDrinkingPrevention.gov!
CollegeDrinkingPrevention.gov is an online resource center for changing the drinking culture on college campuses! The content of the site is based on a series of reports published by the Task Force of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, which found that prevention efforts and policies will meet with much greater success when based on science-based research. In particular, the Task Force recommends the use of a 3-in-1 Framework in any approach to reduce or prevent student drinking. This approach suggests that prevention strategies simultaneously target three audiences: the student population as a whole; the college and its surrounding environment; and the individual at-risk or alcohol-dependent drinker.
In addition to reading the Task Force's reports and recommendations, we invite you to visit the site and access valuable resources, including:
- Research studies and NIAAA funding opportunities;
- Facts and frequently asked questions on alcohol abuse and alcoholism;
- College and university alcohol policies throughout the United States;
- Tips, techniques and statistics for campus health administrators, college presidents, community leaders, guidance counselors, media, parents, and RAs/peer educators; and
- Special section just for students, with interactive tools to see the effects of alcohol on one's body, calculate BAC, calories and cost of drinking, send e-cards to friends, download free posters, get the facts, and find places to go for help.
We are excited to share this innovative resource with you and look forward to your feedback. We'd also like to ask your help in getting the word out about the site. We're relying on word of mouth and on organizations like yours to get the word out among your networks and colleagues.
If you have any questions about the site, or you'd like to tell us what you think, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your help and support.
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