Only Half of College Programs to Reduce Drinking Are Rated “Most Effective”

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A review of programs used by colleges to reduce students’ problematic alcohol consumption has found only 49 percent are rated “most effective,” according to UPI.

The review, published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, assessed the alcohol policies of 15 Maryland colleges. The policies considered most effective included banning alcohol consumption in public places, banning alcohol at student recruitment events, prohibiting alcohol delivery to campus, and prohibiting drinking games and mandatory ID checks at all campus events with alcohol.

The researchers determined that campuses need to make alcohol policies more accessible to students. Many schools provide those policies on school websites that may be hard to find and understand.

“For a campus alcohol policy to be effective, students must be aware of it, must be able to understand it and must include policies that evidence suggests will be effective at reducing the availability of alcohol,” study co-author Molly Mitchell of Johns Hopkins University said in a news release.

How to Address Underage Drinking

Alcohol is the most widely used substance among America’s teens and young adults, posing substantial health and safety risks. Believe it or not, the average age for a first drink is 14.

As a parent, you hold tremendous influence over whether your child decides to drink or not. Be informed and be clear that you disapprove of underage drinking, model health behavior and find opportunities to discuss the dangers of alcohol.

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