April is Alcohol Awareness Month
AdCare Spreading Awareness Around Binge Drinking and Alcohol Use on College Campuses
Vice President, AdCare
Community Services and Marketing
April is National Alcohol Awareness Month and provides a focused opportunity for AdCare to spread awareness on college campuses about binge drinking and alcoholism. AdCare’s Community Services staff will be providing education and awareness programs on several college campuses in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island throughout the month.
No other substance is more widely used and abused on college campuses than alcohol -- and binge drinking are key factors in academic and social problems on American campuses. There is often a link between serious campus problems and alcohol: vandalism, date rape, poor academic performance, dropouts, injuries and death.
Young people drink for many different reasons. Some reason may seem obvious, but understanding the feelings behind these reasons – as well as how every day life on college campuses comes into play – can be difficult. Drinking to check out from issues with college and grades; loneliness, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety disorder and other mental health issues can contribute. Students may drink to deal with the pressures of every day social situations, to change their image to fit in better or to gain confidence and lose inhibitions.
According to a national survey, almost 60 percent of college student ages 18-22 drank in the past month,1 and almost 2 out of 3 of them engaged in binge drinking during that time frame.2 The consequences of underage college drinking are real. Researchers estimate that each year:
About 1,825 college students between the age of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashed. 3
About 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student that has been drinking. 4
About 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report experiencing alcohol related sexual assault or date rape. 4
The greatest chance for creating safer college campuses comes from a combination of strategies that include targeting individual students including:
• Education and awareness programs
• Cognitive-behavioral skills-based approaches
• Motivation and feedback-related approaches
• Behavioral alcohol treatment approaches by health professionals
And environmental-level approaches that target the campus and the surrounding community. Often a labor goal is to reduce the availability of alcohol. Research has shown that reducing availability cuts consumption and the harmful consequences on college campuses.
AdCare is proud to be part of the communities that we serve. Providing alcohol awareness programs for students on college campuses in just one way that we provide support. Please contact AdCare Community Services at 508-453-3068 for more information about how to bring the Community Services team to your college campus or community to provide education and awareness programs. For more information about AdCare, visit us at AdCare.com
For more information on individual and environmental strategies to address harmful college drinking, visit www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/CollegeAIM