A Matter of Degree Initiative to Reduce Binge Drinking at Colleges and Universities: Lessons Learned

A Matter of Degree Initiative to Reduce Binge Drinking at Colleges and Universities: Lessons Learned

Universities and their surrounding communities can reduce alcohol-related problems by taking a collaborative, environmental approach to preventing high-risk drinking among students, a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation argues. The report, A Matter of Degree Initiative to Reduce Binge Drinking at Colleges and Universities: Lessons Learned (13 pages, PDF), draws on the experiences of ten university-community coalitions working with the foundation's Matter of Degree (AMOD) initiative to provide a practical guide for university-community collaborations working to moderate students' alcohol consumption. Policies and programs found to be effective include mandatory training for responsible beverage service, expanding substance-free residence halls, requiring registration for purchasers of kegs, and promoting alcohol-free activities.