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Do colleges adopt effective alcohol use prevention policies?

Alcohol use on college campuses continues to be a significant public health problem, exposing many students to a high risk of injury or even death. This paper is a useful resource for college administrators working to address alcohol use on campus and in the surrounding community by looking at campus alcohol policies from 15 colleges in Maryland. The paper assesses the colleges’ policies for accessibility, clarity, and effectiveness, and finds that schools do well communicating the policies they have, but few have adopted the most effective policies. Many have ineffective sanctions.

The paper, “Assessing campus alcohol policies: Measuring accessibility, clarity, and effectiveness,” was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and appeared in the March 2019 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

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