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College Students Who Use Alcohol Mixed with Energy Drinks

This research is currently only available on-line; we will update the citation when it is published in the print journal. Abstract: Objective: To examine characteristics of alcohol mixed with energy drink (AmED) use in a sample of college students. Participants: College students (N =614, 53% female) in their second year of college participated during the fall of [...]

By | June 8th, 2015|Alcohol, College students, Literature|Comments Off on College Students Who Use Alcohol Mixed with Energy Drinks

Online Normative Feedback Regarding Gambling

From the social norms research group at the University of Houston, a publication demonstrating the efficacy of a brief online intervention with at-risk gambling college students. Abstract: Objective: Social influences on gambling among adolescents and adults have been well documented and may be particularly evident among college students, who have higher rates of problem and [...]

By | June 8th, 2015|College students, Literature, Social Norms|Comments Off on Online Normative Feedback Regarding Gambling

Reaching Community College Students with An Online Intervention

From a study published online in the journal, Addiction Research and Theory: Abstract: Problems associated with alcohol use are well-documented among traditional 4-year college students, but less is known about community college students' alcohol use. The few published articles that have investigated alcohol consumption among community college students suggest that risky alcohol consumption is a [...]

By | June 8th, 2015|Alcohol, College students, Literature|Comments Off on Reaching Community College Students with An Online Intervention

Wordle, wordle on the wall…

Our colleagues at "The Well" at Virginia Commonwealth University recently found an interesting way to capture students' opinion of the Stall Seat Journals (SSJ) that are a core part of the social norms intervention program there: Linda Hancock, PhD, CFNP, RN, Director of the Well, describes what she did: "I just gave out 3x5 cards [...]

By | May 29th, 2015|College students, How To, Social Marketing, Social Norms|Comments Off on Wordle, wordle on the wall…

Where do I rank?

This interesting small experiment randomly assigned 101 U.K. college students with excessive drinking to one of four conditions. In each condition, the students received one message a week for four weeks. The messages varied by condition: official alcohol consumption guidelines  how their consumption compared to official guidelines how their consumption compared to the sample mean where their [...]

By | May 13th, 2015|Alcohol, Binge Drinking, College students, Literature, Social Norms|Comments Off on Where do I rank?

Reaching Students Where They Live: On Line

We mentioned our Google Scholar alert for "normative misperceptions" in a previous post about a paper that was interesting but not directly relevant. Here is a prime example of the opposite result from our alert: a paper that is interesting and directly relevant. From the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of [...]

By | May 5th, 2015|Alcohol, Binge Drinking, College students, Literature, Social Norms|Comments Off on Reaching Students Where They Live: On Line

Bystander Skills in Risky Drinking Situations

Bystander Training for Drinking Situations among College Students How can bystanders become rescuers? Bystander training programs help give individuals skills and confidence to intervene in risky situations like sexual violence, bullying, drug overdoses, and drunk driving. However, people intervening often face dilemmas in balancing concern for the safety of others with maintaining their own social [...]

By | May 4th, 2015|Alcohol, Binge Drinking, College students, How To, Literature|Comments Off on Bystander Skills in Risky Drinking Situations

Social Marketing Campaigns for Minimizing Alcohol Harm

Six key ingredients can increase success Social marketing uses conventional marketing tools and techniques with the aim not of making profit, but of promoting individual and group behavior changes that reap health or social benefits. There are 6 key elements in the social marketing approach that work best when used all together. A new literature [...]

By | April 6th, 2015|Alcohol, Binge Drinking, College students, How To, Literature, Social Marketing, Social Norms|Comments Off on Social Marketing Campaigns for Minimizing Alcohol Harm

Fraternity/Sorority Association with Heavy Drinking: Chicken-Or-Egg Question

Do problem drinkers self-select into fraternities and sororities? College students affiliated with Greek letter organizations (e.g., fraternities and sororities) are more likely to drink within the past month than unaffiliated students (B = 0.73, p < 0.01), according to a recent analysis of National College Health Assessment (NCHA) data (Foster et al., 2014). The question [...]

By | March 16th, 2015|Alcohol, Binge Drinking, College students, Literature, News, Social Norms|Comments Off on Fraternity/Sorority Association with Heavy Drinking: Chicken-Or-Egg Question

Brief Alcohol Intervention is Effective in Mandated Students

Heavy drinking and alcohol-related problems are reduced through BASICS program A new randomized controlled trial has found that undergraduate heavy drinkers, whether mandated or volunteer to participate in the BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) program, have fewer drinks weekly and fewer alcohol-related problems, compared to a control group. Even 12 months after the intervention, [...]

By | February 13th, 2015|Alcohol, College students, How To, Literature, News|Comments Off on Brief Alcohol Intervention is Effective in Mandated Students