Drinking in excess is a long-standing ritual that many students see as an integral part of the postsecondary experience. It is also a significant public health problem that affects students’ lives, including social, academic, legal and health issues.
The meeting will bring together researchers from around the world to discuss evidence around campus-based interventions that reduce alcohol-related harms among college and university students.
The program will be organized around the following main areas:
- Strategies targeting individual students designed to change students’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviours related to drinking, including education and awareness programs; alcohol norms information; cognitive-behavioural skills-based approaches; interventions by health professionals.
- Strategies designed to change the campus climate by implementing both formal and informal alcohol-related rules and regulations to shape campus subcultures and scenes (in clubs, sports, dormitories, etc.), class schedules, building and spaces, etc.
- Strategies targeting the surrounding community, such as initiatives to limit alcohol harms in the near-campus environment (off-campus housing, nearby bars, clubs, pubs, restaurants, etc.) and safe transportation strategies to get students home (e.g., without driving) after drinking sessions.
- Going with the flow: opportunities for public health reinforcement as lighter drinking youth move on to college.