Short-term drink deterrent

The Birmingham News

College freshmen who take an online al­cohol prevention course may drink less, but the effects don’t last long, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Researchers looked at the effectiveness of a commercial course against binge drinking called AlcoholEdu, which is often offered just before freshmen arrive on campus. They conducted a rando­mized trial at 30 public and private univer­sities in the United States, giving half the freshmen the course and then following up with surveys with some of them. They found that students who took the class re­ported significantly less alcohol use and binge drinking during the fall compared with the other students. But the results didn’t last into the spring semester; the au­thors suggest that other methods are needed to reinforce the message.

[NOTE: Colleges could use the American Character Builders kit, “Alcohol–It’s a Killer!” as a follow-up later in the year. For more information concerning this and other programs available from American Character Builders, go to]

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