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Environmental Strategies to Prevent Alcohol Problems on College Campuses

NCJ Number
Kathryn Stewart
Date Published
August 2011
64 pages
This guidebook provides information to colleges and universities for developing environmental strategies aimed at preventing alcohol problems on school campuses.
The primary aims of the guide are to raise awareness of the seriousness of alcohol problems on college campuses; improve understanding of environmental management strategies; help in the selection of the most appropriate and effective prevention strategies; aid in the coordination of strategies at the campus, community, and State levels; and provide other sources of information and guidance on alcohol prevention for college campuses. The guide provides information on strategies that can be used by school officials to create healthier campus environments for students where alcohol is less available, or where available it is promoted and served in a more responsible manner. The strategies outlined in this guide are presented in two sections. Environmental strategies include campus strategies such as parental notification policies, provision of alcohol-free alternative activities, responsible beverage service programs, restrictions on industry marketing, social norms interventions, substance-free housing, and interventions with campus Greek-letter organizations. Campus-community collaborative strategies include limitations on commercial availability and limitations on social availability. A separate section also covers State-level public policies that can be enacted to address the problem of alcohol on campus. Tables, references, and a list of resources