Student drinking is a widespread problem on college and university campuses. Reports from over a decade of research confirm that the nation’s campuses continue to suffer numerous consequences as a result of this problem, including property damage, decreased academic performance, student assaults, and, most tragically, student deaths. Many factors contribute to student alcohol use, from large amounts of unstructured free time for students to alcohol industry advertising on campuses. The environmental management approach to alcohol prevention on campus is a comprehensive, integrated means for changing these broader environmental factors that influence student drinking.
College student drinking is a pervasive problem, with varying rates of alcohol use on different campuses, and among specific populations on campus.
High-risk drinking on campus negatively affects individual students, the campus environment as a whole, and surrounding communities.
Institutions of higher education must tailor comprehensive prevention efforts to meet the unique needs of their campus.