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Institutions respond to campus drinking
Salisbury State University in Maryland sets up a bar in a campus dining hall in order to control the amount of alcohol students drink and to discourage them from driving under the influence.
Whatever methods campuses try, the keys to controlling alcohol use are consistent enforcement of campus alcohol policies and providing students with meaningful alternative activities to drinking, reports U.S. News & World Report.
However, many institutions are far from solving their campus drinking problems, in part because administrators are less than fully informed about such problems. In a survey of presidents of four-year institutions, U.S. News found that only 3 percent estimated the rate of binge drinking on their campus to be as high as a Harvard University study found it to be. In addition, 21 percent of the presidents surveyed were totally unaware of the rate of binge drinking on their campus.
(Sources: The News & Observer (Charlotte, N.C.), 1/20/98; U.S. News & World Report, 1/26/98, The Wall Street Journal, 1/29/98.
(Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 1/98.
Reprinted from CASE Flash Point.