Campaign against Campus Alcohol Abuse Funded

The State University of New York (SUNY) has received a $100,000 grant to begin a campaign against alcohol abuse on campuses. The money will be used to help fund a director of alcohol and drug prevention to lead the campaign.

The director will help campuses develop individualized plans to combat the problem through education, enforcement, treatment, non-alcohol events and other strategies. The director will also identify successful programs and share information about them with other campuses.

"It is our goal to assist campuses in the development and implementation of programs and policies that are effective and responsive to changes in student populations over time," said SUNY Chancellor Robert King.

Research has demonstrated dramatic drops in the consumption of alcohol on American college campuses. However, the rate of heavy drinking (including so-called binge drinking) remains unacceptably high.

"I am encouraged by SUNY's efforts to face this difficult issue head-on, and excited to support its efforts statewide," said former U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari, a graduate of the state University at Albany and chairwoman of The Century Council, the group that provided the $100,000.

The Century Group, a nonprofit education agency funded by liquor producers, has invested over $130 million since 1991 to fight drunk driving and underage drinking.

 

Reference:

  • SUNY launches campaign against campus alcohol abuse. Newsday, October 20, 2004; Century Council Kicks-off National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week; Alcohol Education Programs in Full Swing on Campuses Across the Country, Century Council press release, October 18, 2004; Ertelt, Paul. SUNY gets $100K grant to fight drinking. Oneonta Daily Star, October 21, 2004.

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