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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

New Meta-Analysis of Social Norms Interventions

Ever wonder which type of social norms intervention is most effective for reducing risky alcohol use in college students? The Cochrane Library has just updated a 2009 review with a new meta-analysis titled “Social norms information for alcohol misuse in university and college students.” It examined a range of interventions, such as personalized normative feedback (face-to-face, [...]

By | February 9th, 2015|Literature, News, Social Norms|Comments Off on New Meta-Analysis of Social Norms Interventions

Alcohol Poisoning

This week’s CDC Vital Signs reports that alcohol poisoning kills around 6 people every day in the U.S. Alcohol poisoning, usually resulting from high-intensity binge drinking, can shut down parts of the brain that control breathing and other vital body functions. The report points out that most of these deaths are in white men, age [...]

By | January 9th, 2015|Alcohol, How To, News|Comments Off on Alcohol Poisoning

Are Efforts to Prevent Binge Drinking at College Effective? One source says NO

What will it take for college campuses to bring down the level of "binge drinking" among college students? This article in the Chronicle of Higher Education claims that current efforts are ineffective and makes the case for reframing the problem, moving from an emphasis on "education" to an emphasis on "enforcement." Read more

By | December 10th, 2014|Alcohol, Binge Drinking, College students, News|Comments Off on Are Efforts to Prevent Binge Drinking at College Effective? One source says NO

CDC: 1 of 3 Adults Drinks Excessively

College students are not the only population making the news for alcohol use. A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. drinks excessively (see definitions below). In contrast, around 1 in 30 adults meets the diagnostic criteria for alcohol dependence. Let’s put [...]

By | November 24th, 2014|Alcohol, Binge Drinking, Literature, News|Comments Off on CDC: 1 of 3 Adults Drinks Excessively

Reality vs Perception: Not Just for Alcohol

The ACHA-NCHA Spring 2014 data reveals just how prevalent misperceptions about substance use are among college students. With a sample of 79,266 students from 14o schools, the ACHA-NCHA provides a glimpse into the perceptions and reality for college students in the USA. The long established wording for asking questions about perception has been to use the phrase [...]

By | November 12th, 2014|News, Social Norms|Comments Off on Reality vs Perception: Not Just for Alcohol

Everyone Reads in the Bathroom!

Nearly 90% of Virginia Commonwealth University students read Stall Seat Journals - posters full of cool graphics and timely health information that get taped to bathroom stall doors every month. Read more about the 10th anniversary of VCU's program!

By | October 13th, 2014|News, Social Norms|Comments Off on Everyone Reads in the Bathroom!

Perspective on Student Deaths by James Turner, M.D.*

NSNI has received a number of anecdotal reports of college student deaths this fall.  These tragedies have resulted in inquiries from the press regarding NSNI’s mortality study presented at the American Public Health Association Meeting in November 2011, and its subsequent publication in the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy in January 2013.  Many of the [...]

By | October 2nd, 2014|College students, Literature, News|Comments Off on Perspective on Student Deaths by James Turner, M.D.*

Call for Proposals: NASPA Prevention Conferences

October 6 Deadline The call for proposals is open until October 6 for the three conferences that NASPA holds in conjunction: Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention; Violence Prevention; and Mental Health. The combined conference will take place on January 11-13, 2015 at the Gaylord  National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland. Early bird registration [...]

By | September 30th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Call for Proposals: NASPA Prevention Conferences

Marketing Conundrums

Innocent novelty or paraphernalia? Social norms marketing is a subset of social marketing, which in turn is a specialized branch of marketing. So we are interested in all things marketing, particularly when it involves alcohol, college students, the colleges themselves and delivery of alcohol in a way that tends to be unique to college students. [...]

By | September 22nd, 2014|News|Comments Off on Marketing Conundrums