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OHIO focuses on curbing high-risk drinking

Informational Web site supports ongoing efforts
Apr 5, 2010
By Monica Chapman

Ohio University today launched a new Web site dedicated to educating students on the dangers of high-risk drinking.

The site is the most recent addition to Ohio University's HealthAlerts series -- which aims to proactively empower the university community with knowledge and resources to address the critical, less-talked-about health and safety issues facing today's college students, faculty and staff.

The Web site supports ongoing efforts by the Division of Student Affairs to help every student and the community avoid the negative consequences of high-risk drinking. The initiative complements a university-wide commitment to transparency and education regarding health issues of public concern.

OHIO is currently one of two universities across the state piloting a poster and informational card campaign aimed at curbing underage persons' access to alcohol. The campaign, titled "Buzzkill: Host Under-21 and the Party's Over," is funded through a mini-grant from the Drug-Free Action Alliance through the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. The campaign is currently funded through the 2010-11 academic year.

Ohio University is also one of four universities chosen by The Century Council to implement and further explore potential effectiveness of student-generated campaigns to prevent high-risk drinking on its campus. Beginning in fall 2010, OHIO will use the $75,000 grant from The Century Council to establish benchmarks measuring current levels of dangerous overconsumption of beverage alcohol on campus, implement an agreed upon group of tactics, and conduct follow-up research and report its findings.

To view Ohio University's Health Alert on high-risk drinking, visit www.ohio.edu/healthalerts/alcohol/.


Published: Apr 5, 2010 8:04 AM

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