By Beverly Farmer – Director of Student Activities
AlcoholEdu for College is a program that is designed to be given to an entire population of students, such as an entering first-year class. This method creates a learning experience that:
- Motivates behavior change
- Resets unrealistic expectations about the effects of alcohol
- Links choices about drinking to academic and personal success
- Helps students practice safer decision-making
- Engages students to create a healthier campus community
With several published studies and randomized control trials documenting its efficacy, AlcoholEdu has been a critical building block for addressing the epidemic of high-risk drinking on America’s college campuses.
How well does this program work? Since 2007, AlcoholEdu has enabled SFA to provide 4,970 students with a baseline of knowledge and decision-making strategies around alcohol use, translating to 12,425 hours of prevention education (based on average course time of 2.5 hours).
In Fall 2010, SFA students reported that AlcoholEdu…
69% – Prepared me to identify and/or help someone who has alcohol poisoning
69% – Helped me establish a plan for responsible decisions around alcohol
88%- Stimulated me to reflect on my personal attitudes and behaviors
90% – Changed my perceptions of others’ drinking related behaviors
The A-Team, a committee made up of faculty, administrators and students, provides educational opportunities throughout the year to help students make wise choices when it comes to their use or non-use of alcohol. This year, the A-Team sponsored an information booth and giveaway at tailgating, manned information tables at the involvement fairs, as well as during the week before Spring Break. The group has given out more than 5,000 koozies and coasters with information on recognizing alcohol poisoning and the phone number for Driving Jacks, SFA’s safe ride program.